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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 »

A Note From Mary Kelly Nelson,

Photo Courtesy of NOAA

Environmental Specialist, Collier County Sea Turtle Protection: We have received reports this week that there have been people on the beach at night with red headband lights looking for and disturbing nesting sea turtles.  Please remind your residents, renters and guests that flashlights, including red filter, flash photos and getting within 100’ of a sea turtle is not allowed. It is considered harassment and fines could be incurred. If anyone sees this kind of activity please call the Marco Island Police Department non-emergency phone number: 239-389-5050, or Mary Kelly Nelson: 239-298-9736. Read More »

Lunch with the Chief

Curt Koon, president of the Marco Island Police Foundation.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Police Chief Al Schettino, wearing a black band across his shield, brought sobering statistics to the Marco Island Police Foundation’s “Lunch with the Chief” attendees on the number of police shot and killed in the line of duty. He recently attended a memorial service and candlelight vigil in honor of fallen law enforcement officers with the Naples Police Department and the Collier County Sheriffs Department. In March alone, there were 16 killed across the country. Since the beginning of 2016, 37 have been killed by gunfire, two in Florida. All law enforcement officers in Collier ... Read More »

Lely Passes Spring Test

Bodies fly as Lely stops a Blanche Ely drive.

By Roger LaLonde There were both good and bad plays, but more good ones, in Lely’s 33-27 win over Blanche Ely in its spring game on May 20. Blanche Ely traveled to Lely from Pompano Beach to play in a steady downpour in the first half that saw the Trojans take the lead and stay ahead. Both teams had breakaway plays, yet each had great moments on defense. A major defensive thrust for Lely came as the seconds wound down in the second quarter, but a lapse on defense set up the possible score for Blanche Ely. The Trojans had ... Read More »

Photo Contest Winners Celebrated

Photo contest judges (from left) Donna Kay, Barry Howe and Andrea Cooper in front of the winning photos

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com After a three weeklong entry window, the 9th Annual Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest came to a close. The yearly competition is co-sponsored by the City of Marco Island, the Marco Island Historical Museum and the Coastal Breeze News. On May 13th, the winners and their families gathered at the Marco Island Historical Museum for the big reveal. The reception, which was catered by Stonewalls, was well attended. Winners were able to discuss their technique with interested parties and bond over camera preferences. The winning photographs were framed and hung on the wall for all to see, ... Read More »

‘Baby’s First Breath’

Von Schroth expertly touching up a turtle.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Baby dolphins come into this world tail first and swimming. Just moments after birth, the mother dolphin will gently nudge the newborn up to the surface so that it can take its first breath of fresh air. This image was the inspiration behind artist Michael Von Schroth’s latest wood sculpture, “Baby’s First Breath.” Von Schroth has been working with wood as a medium for over 26 years. You may have seen him. For the past 20 years he has set up shop next to the Gators’ Crossroads bar, just past the intersection of US 41 and ... Read More »