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Halaschak, Harris Named Lely Homecoming King, Queen

Kelsey Halaschak and Teaker Harris were crowned Lely Homecoming King and Queen on Friday (Sept. 16) during halftime of the football game.

By Roger LaLonde The competition was close as Kelsey Halaschak and Teaker Harris were named Lely Homecoming King and Queen at half time of the football game on Friday, September 16, 2016. Halaschak, of Marco Island, said she knew that a lot of students were voting for her, but wasn’t sure if she would have enough. Harris, of East Naples, said, “Wow, I am in awe. There were so many good candidates. I am so happy.” Candidates included: 9th grade, Matt Desir and Brielle Penzo; 10th, Gary Vincent and Lareesha Clercira; 11th, Nelson Charelus and Selena Sanchez; 12th, Whitney Petit, ... Read More »

Singular Luxury a la 16th Century Venice

Villa Venezia makes for an eye catching site along Caxambas Court. Photo by Don Manley

By Don Manley Venice’s rich history, romance and singular beauty have long captivated those who’ve eyes have feasted upon the stately, canal-laced, bursting-with-history assemblage of islands along Italy’s Adriatic coast. In fact, the suburban homes of Venice’s 16th Century sea captains so inspired a Naples resident that he designed and built a palatial, one-of-a-kind, 14,000-square-foot, Italian villa along Caxambas Court, also known as Marco Island’s “Millionaire’s Row.” Appropriately named Villa Venezia, the award-winning, waterfront home, with its eight-and-one-half bedrooms, eight-and-one-half baths, 1,100-square-foot guesthouse, expansive lanai, formal dining room with keystone columns and much more, is on the market for $9.45 ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Top Five Luxury Condo Listings

The Belize at Cape Marco. Photos by Kristine Bareis

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott Last week the top five luxury condo listings on Marco Island by price were all located at the Belize in Cape Marco. Belize is a remarkable 25-story building built in 2004 with fantastic amenities. These first class amenities include a grand lobby, library, social room, billiard room, theater, fitness area, infinity pool, and tennis center. Concierge services, private beach gate access, fishing pier and guest suites are part of the upscale Belize lifestyle. Two penthouses and a grand penthouse are included in this top five list. The condos listed for sale range from 7,165 ... Read More »

Coming Soon! National Parks Special Edition

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of our National Park Service with Coastal Breeze News! Watch for our September 30th edition where we will bring you a special keepsake section honoring our prized National Parks, and inspiring you to experience these treasures firsthand. The National Park system includes 413 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Here in our very own South Florida backyard we have four distinct National Park treasures: Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park ... Read More »

Exploring by Land

Only six years ago, the dome home stood on land. Look carefully to find Rebecca’s husband Neil. Photos by Rebecca Burg

Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News would like to thank reader Rebecca Burg, who sent us these two photos, along with a video link of the Cape Romano dome home, from a time when the structures were still accessible by the beach. Rebecca, who describes the Marco Island dome houses as “enigmatic,” filmed her 2010 visit to Cape Romano with her husband, Neil Braun, and posted the video on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=doQL_gav0do#action=share). Continue sending your stories and photos to Jessica@coastalbreezenews.com. Keep reading upcoming issues of Coastal Breeze News for more on the Cape Romano dome home.     Read More »

Connecting with the Past: Cultural Resources in Rookery Bay Reserve Provide Insights to Early Coastal Life

Each artifact is recorded and photographed. Photos by Renee Wilson

Coastal Connections By Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Thousands of years ago, indigenous people called the Calusa inhabited much of coastal Southwest Florida. The Calusa culture was a complex society that thrived on the bounty of the estuary as opposed to agriculture, which was the primary means of subsistence for many other early American people. Numerous Calusa settlements were developed along the Collier County coastline and were occupied from 400 to 2,500 years ago. Changing their landscape on many fronts, the Calusa people left behind traces of their way of life on the shell mound complexes they built. The size and locations ... Read More »

On the Run to Recognize Raymonds

Roger and Karen Raymond (right) with the Marco Island Charter Middle School girls Gulf Coast Athletic Conference track championship team last spring.

By Roger LaLonde Kyle Grucci and Dr. Patty Poling are on the run for Roger and Karen Raymond. The Raymonds have announced that they are leaving Marco Island for Orlando, due to family health reasons. After being leaders in their fields for 18 years, the Raymonds will be leaving Marco Island Charter Middle School. Due to a short time frame, Grucci and Poling have been hustling to put together a “Raymond Going Away Run” at Mackle Park, beginning at 8 AM on Sunday, August 28. Grucci, who coaches basketball, along with Poling and husband Dr. Bob, who have had four ... Read More »

Condo Mortgages

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CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott One third of condo buyers on Marco Island use mortgage financing to buy their condo. The rest pay for their condo using a bank wire transfer from existing funds. A mortgage provides personal benefits such as a mortgage interest tax deduction, leveraging your money, and historically low interest rates available in today’s market. However, in addition to the buyer, a condo also has to qualify for the mortgage. Before approving a condo for a mortgage, a lender will forward a condo questionnaire for either a limited review or a full review to the Home ... Read More »

A Look Back at the Dome Home

Southern view of the dome home (1997).

By Coastal Breeze News Staff In our August 5, 2016 issue, Coastal Breeze News featured a story on the Cape Romano dome homes, haunting structures that are disintegrating and slipping away into the sea. Readers were encouraged to email us their experiences, stories and photos. The response was overwhelming, and we will be sharing these special memories in this, and other upcoming issues. One of the responses we received was from Mary Nelson, a monitor with the Collier County Sea Turtle Protection Program, who is also known locally as the “Turtle Lady.” Mary told Coastal Breeze News how much she ... Read More »

Marco Island Condo Inventory

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CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com The number of condos listed for sale on Marco Island varies by day, by month, by time of year and by year. Last week 330 condos were listed for sale on Marco Island. Last year at this time 249 condos were listed for sale. That is a 33% increase in condo listings year over year. The number of active listings is called the inventory. Typically, active condo listings peak in the first quarter and then drop off during the summer and fall months as units are sold or sellers take their condos ... Read More »

Are the Keys’ Reefs Dying?

In less than 20 years, major changes have taken place in the Florida Keys reef structure.
1992 - Head coral barely alive, and Elkhorn coral almost completely decimated.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville “Live corals on the east side of the Florida Keys are mysteriously dying and algae are taking over that eco-niche. Studies and mapping suggest that a number of natural factors, combined with the effects of human activity, may contribute to the corals’ demise.” – Gene Shinn, U.S. Geological Survey It is well documented that there is a widespread loss of corals on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Keys, both close to shore as well as offshore. They are being replaced with an algae which is known flourish in high concentrations of certain nitrates and phosphates. ... Read More »

Cape Romano Uncovered

By 2011, shifting sands had placed nearly all the domes in the water.
Photos courtesy of Mila Bridger

Reprinted from September 7, 2012 The mystery of the “dome home” on Cape Romano has been solved! Coastal Breeze readers asked for it and we’ve delivered. After an intense search, the family of Bob Lee, the brainchild and builder of the dome home, has stepped forward to tell their story. The oddly eccentric home has been a topic of conversation and lure since it was built in 1980. Many far-fetched tales have been spun about the futuristic bubbles, but right here, right now, the stories are put to rest. Bob and Margaret Lee’s daughter, Janet Maples, laughs when she recalls ... Read More »

Marco’s Creative Mailboxes

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By Maria Lamb A mailbox is not just a mailbox. For a lot of our creative islanders, it is an expression. Islanders love of fishing is reflected in their unique mailboxes, which are part of Marco Island’s unique island landscape. You’ll never look at a mailbox the same way again. Mailboxes are becoming relics of the past, a memento of the “snail-mail” generation. I hope they live forever. This is just a small portion of the unique mailboxes found on our island paradise. If we missed one in your neighborhood, please feel free to share. An upcoming edition will feature ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Letter to Fire Chief Mike Murphy

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Dear Chief Murphy, Thank you for your thoughtful letter. I am a writer for the Coastal Breeze News and have written 6 articles on the plight of Goodland Road since last November. I went down to the road during the height of each of the five daytime floodings and took photos. None of these floodings was the result of a hurricane. Only one was related to a tropical storm which passed way off shore and was entering the panhandle bend, far to the north when the flooding occurred. Until Sunday June, 5th, I had never witnessed your EMS vehicles trying ... Read More »

Boxing Club Commissions Mural

Robert Eder takes a photo of Jimmy Downey. Jimmy’s image will occupy the second half of the mural.

By Samantha Husted   A few months ago Robert Eder, the art teacher at Marco Island Academy (MIA), received an email from Rich Stoltenborg, the coach and president of the Marco Island Boxing Club. Rich, having just recently purchased the space for a boxing club, asked if Robert would be interested in getting some students together to create a mural. “I reached out to the high school because I know they have an arts program and I wound up speaking with Mr. Eder who was excited to do this for me,” said Rich Stoltenborg. The boxing gym, which opened in ... Read More »

What a Hobby! Want-to-be Meteorologists Chase Tornadoes

A funnel cloud near Wray, Colorado.
Photos by Ryan Rackliffe

By Roger LaLonde Pursuing a degree in meteorology can bring about a most interesting hobby. In the case of Brandon Black of Marco Island, and three buddies, their hobby is tornado chasing. “Since I arrived at North Carolina State to pursue a degree in meteorology we began storm chasing,” he said. “Our primary targets have been tornadoes.” After three summers of capturing “decent photos from a couple tornadoes,” North Carolina wasn’t enough, Black said. Fellow meteorologists-to-be, Ryan Rackliffe, Mason Carneal and Mackenzie King packed their bags, driving to the Great Plains. Their original target was Eastern Colorado then north to ... Read More »

The Next Generation of Gaming

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Since its July 6th launch the smartphone application Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm. Millions of people have downloaded the game that allows users to catch Pokémon (virtual creatures or “pocket monsters”) via their location. The application, which was developed by Niantic, has reportedly added over $7.5 billion to Nintendo’s market value. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game, meaning it combines the physical and the digital. Many are speculating that augmented reality is the next step in smartphone gameplay technology. The game uses your phone’s location services to create the world in which ... Read More »

Tricia Wins Glamour Puss Calendar Cover!

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Submitted After an intense 72-day online photo contest, with over 100 entries and over 6,600 votes from avid supporters, Tricia emerged as the Judge’s favorite for this year’s Glamour Puss Calendar Cover. Tricia was rescued by For the Love of Cats and adopted by Nancy Nash in August 2007. The national photo contest was open to all owned cats and was promoted by email and social media campaigns. The 2017 Glamour Puss Fundraising Calendar contains 37 photos of beautiful and adorable cats and kittens chosen through the online photo contest by a panel of judges and in consideration of vote ... Read More »

FWC Seeks Input On Manatee Zones

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Submitted The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding a rule development workshop to gather additional public input on potential changes to the existing manatee protection zones in Collier County. The workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. on July 14 at the Collier County Commission Chambers, 3299 Tamiami Trail E (third floor) in Naples. The FWC has been working with a Local Rule Review Committee as well as Collier County and other local governments to review potential changes to the rule, which was last revised in 1997. The public workshop offers an opportunity for people to ask ... Read More »

Let’s Grow Disco Night

Kristina Lambros is part of ConnectivityME and a realtor with Keller Williams.

By Samantha Husted On July 1st the Marco Island Center for the Arts and ConnectivityME presented, “Let’s Grow Disco Night.” Participants for the event were encouraged to whip out their old bell-bottom jeans, sequenced tops and chunky heels for a night of dancing and fun. Entertainment for the disco party was provided by Ken Hodsdon and Rex De Jaager of Sun DJ’s. The event was well attended proving once and for all that disco, despite popular belief, is not dead. The disco dance party was part of the Art Center’s “Let’s Grow Series,” which acts as a means of promoting ... Read More »