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Association Consumer Alert: Watch Out For “Official Documents” That Are Not

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Condo Law By Bob Murrell It’s that time of year again! Many of the Annual Meetings for Associations have already taken place and others will take place within the next few months. After we get by the first of the year, it is time for the Annual Corporate Reports to be filed with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations. Most of these are filed by the managers once the Annual Meeting has taken place, so that any changes to the directors or officers of the association can be made. In that way the corporate information for the association ... Read More »

‘Til the Cows Come Home

Local farmers lead their cows in a descent from their summer home.

Speaking of Travel By Vickie Kelber Although we have visited Switzerland a number of times, usually choosing to spend a month at a time, our travels have always taken place between early June and late August. On our last trip, we went a little later in the season, determined to stay until the cows came home. Cows are an important part of Swiss culture and economy. Think Swiss cheese and chocolate. The cow has become a ubiquitous symbol of the country. After landing at Zurich Airport and getting on the internal transportation tram, we were greeted with a recording of ... Read More »

Join the “Team”

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Coastal Connections Renee Wilson Southwest Florida is a great place to live and play because of the beautiful weather, amazing beaches, and great fishing. Forty percent of Collier County’s coastline is protected within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, with hundreds of boaters visiting on a daily basis. The “Team OCEAN” program at Rookery Bay has a mission to help boaters safely and responsibly enjoy the waters and wilderness around Naples and Marco Island. The boat-based volunteer program got underway at Rookery Bay Reserve in 2007 following a model at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Team OCEAN (Ocean ... Read More »

Manatees Are Back!

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By Bob McConville Master Naturalist During the week of March 4th thru the 11th I was fortunate to be on the water every day. In addition to surveying our area dolphins, some other marine and bird life was very noticeable. A few Kemp-Ridley turtles popped their heads up and some of the osprey hatchlings are now several weeks old and growing fast. Arriving from as far away as Brazil on their 10,000 mile round-trip journey, even a few Swallow Tailed Kites were seen. The biggest surprise of all was 5 separate sightings of those lumbering aquatic giants in the Marco ... Read More »

Wellfit Girls Peruvion Adventure

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By Don Manley Alexis Buhelos embarked on a bold journey of self discovery last year that brought about some life-altering changes for the then 14 year old. The Marco Island resident and a group of other teen girls from Lee and Collier counties devoted five months of their lives to expanding their fitness, empowerment and leadership skills through the Naples-based Wellfit Girls Program. Created in 2014, the Wellfit Girls Program is dedicated to inspiring girls between 13 and 18 years old to maximize their potential through regular group meetings and a rigorous regimen of yoga, fitness and leadership training. That ... Read More »

Smithsonian Exhibition Exploring the American Workforce…

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Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum, in cooperation with the Florida Humanities Council, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts “The Way We Worked,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. “The Way We Worked” will be on view April 4, 2015 through May 16, 2015. A reception, open to the public at no cost will take place on Tuesday, April 7 from 5pm to 7pm. The Marco Island Historical Museum and the surrounding community have been expressly chosen by the Florida Humanities Council to host “The Way We Worked” as part of the Museum ... Read More »

LTE: Request to Reconsider the Proposed Rental Ordinance

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To: City of Marco Island Council Members After reviewing the most recent draft of the proposed Rental Ordinance 15-01, I am providing the following comments, and request that the Council seriously reconsider the scope of the proposed ordinance. The noise and nuisance problem that Council is attempting to address is limited to a small number of single family homes that are rented for less than 30 days. In addition, ordinances already exist to address noise, parking, and occupancy, and these ordinances apply to all Marco residents regardless of whether they own or rent the property they occupy. The proposed ordinance is extensive and represents unnecessary ... Read More »

LTE: Elizabeth Moran Di Stefano

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I own a condo in the Duchess on Marco Island and I have been notified about the the proposed ordinance No. 15 and want to point out that I am totally against including condominiums in this ordinance as I feel it is unnecessary for a variety of reasons. Proposing blanket registrations for condos will place additional responsibilities on condo management to file paperwork with the City, and will require an annual City fee to the Association for the right to rent units.  This proposed new rental ordnance should not apply to condominiums, who already have their own rules in place.  Expanding this ordnance to ... Read More »

Love of the Y Tournament

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By Don Manley Sam and Karen Lewis had a hunch about Larry and Mary Fischer that turned out to be as right as right can be. They helped bring about the Fischers’ initial meeting a few years ago. It was an encounter that quickly flourished and became a love match, thanks to the Lewises and the event around which the entire story revolves – Greater Marco Family YMCA’s “Love of the Y” tennis tournament. “Love of the Y” was held over Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 13-15 this year, at the Y’s Sandhill Street tennis courts. The tourney’s title refers to ... Read More »

951/41 Road Construction Ahead of Schedule

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Although there are three road construction projects all taking place at the same time in the vicinity of 951/41 intersection, the traffic is running smoothly again. There have been huge lines of cars coming off Marco Island from around 3pm to about 6pm during the week, plus some night lighting problems, but those issues have both been resolved to a great degree. The County’s DOT project – the actual intersection being completely transformed into a footprint for a future overpass, has been a major construction project. They are actually about 6 months ahead of schedule and ... Read More »

A Great Day for Bocce!

A player attempts to score during the Bob Ray Memorial Bocce Tournament.

By Don Manley The thrill of victory had Jim Guilford and his teammates beaming at the conclusion of the Bob Ray Memorial Bocce Tournament. He, along with Peter Pereene, Joe Deo and Jerry Leeman captured the championship, outpointing 15 other four-person teams in the single-elimination contest held Feb. 28 at Mackle Park. They also captured the crown and the trophy that goes with it, in 2013. How did it feel to win again? “Wonderful, wonderful,” said Guilford. “This is the highlight of the year.” The annual tourney is sponsored by the Marco Island Italian-American Society and the city’s Department of ... Read More »

Superheroes Glide Into Goodland

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com One of the safest places to be is Goodland? At least it was on February 21st, as the 19th Annual Goodland Boat Parade brought in the superheroes. “This is so cool,” said Sarah, a visitor from New York. “Floats that float and they all look great!” The boat parade is part of the Goodland Mardi Gras celebration and the turnout was fantastic with $17,000 raised for Avow Hospice on this day. Fifteen boats entered the parade with numerous variations on the superhero theme. As each boat passed through the harbor, judges had a tough decision ahead ... Read More »

Filbin’s Commendable Action

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By Don Manley Bill Filbin learned well the lessons of his youth where extending a helping a hand is concerned. The long-time Marco resident and realtor is well known for his tireless efforts on behalf of Special Olympics Collier County and the St. Matthew’s House homeless shelter and food bank in Naples. Altruism was both preached and practiced by Filbin’s family during his formative years in Detroit. As a case in point, he cites an act that was a routine part of their post-church visits to his grandmother’s apartment. Those trips invariably included his father, Bill Filbin, Sr., pulling over ... Read More »

Remote Controlled Sailboat Regatta Attracts Competitors

The top finishers in the two classes in the 2015 RC Laser Midwinter Championship Regatta.

By Don Manley Mackle Park’s lake was recently transformed into a platform for friendly rivalry that saw competitors slowly striding to and fro along one shore with eyes locked on small craft slicing through placid waters. It’s a scene is that’s been repeated there for the last 12 years during the first weekend in March when the annual RC Laser Midwinter Championship Regatta takes place. Each year, the event attracts participants from near and far, some hailing from as far away as Canada and Great Britain, as well as a host of Northeastern and Midwestern states. The 2015 Regatta was ... Read More »

Beautiful Beaches: More Than Sun and Sand

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It doesn’t take long for anyone visiting Marco Island to find the great beaches. But it takes a bit longer to truly be aware of the beautiful and delicate environment they provide. On Feb. 28, thirteen organizations assembled for a “Beach Awareness” event with a single goal – To promote awareness and respect of local beach rules and the conservation of wildlife. “It took 14 months to put this even together,” said Patti Miller, Chairman of the event. “We wrote up our goals and approached the city for funding assistance. One major obstacle was getting approval ... Read More »

LTE: Kimberly Hastings

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Good afternoon, As an owner of a condominium in the Merida complex at Cape Marco, I feel compelled to express frustration at the proposed Rental Ordinance that is up for it’s second reading at the City Council meeting Monday, March 16th. This ordinance is unfairly pointing the finger at all rental properties, instead of addressing the problematic ones. First, condominium rentals are not, and have never been, an issue since every single condominium has an Association that puts in place documents, by-laws, and strict rules to take care of problem renters. Our building, specifically, does not allow rentals of less than ... Read More »

No Biting

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: I hope you all had a terrific Valentine’s Day. I sure did. I was besieged with cards, treats, cat grass, treats, toys, treats, a fancy cat bed, treats, a designer cat tree, treats, and more treats. Mixed in with the hundreds of love letters, however, I ran across a few disturbing emails (yes, cats have email accounts; we just choose not to “reply”). It sounds to me like some of you have been biting your staff, the very hands that feed you, and without provocation. I’m not talking love ... Read More »

Earl of Oxford’s March to Bugle Call Rag

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Submitted Returning to Marco Island for its 9th consecutive year, the Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet will perform Saturday evening, February 28th, 2015, at 7:30 pm, at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, as part of the Saul I. Stern Cultural Series. The performance will take place at the Synagogue, located at 991 Winterberry Drive. The Brass Quintet consists of leading musicians from the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Founded in 1990, the group has received national and international honors, including first prize at the prestigious Summit International Brass Competition and honors at the Concurs International at Grenoble, France. The musicians are known ... Read More »

Meals of Hope After 5

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Submitted The Marco Island Meals of Hope project feeds hungry children and their family’s right here in Collier County. The 2015 packaging event will take place on Saturday November 14th at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. There is a ton of fundraising work to do between now and then to pay for the raw food materials that we package into meals. The packaging event is a joint effort of the Marco Island Sunrise and the Noontime Rotary Clubs and the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. Tell any friends or family who have a soft spot in their hearts for hungry children to go ... Read More »

Announcing Musica Bella Performance

Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts announced tickets are now available for the performance of Musica Bella at the Center on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 6:00 P.M. The production is a cooperative venture with the Cultural and Performing Arts Center of Naples, Florida. Musica Bella was originally formed in 2009 as the “Rauschenburg Quartet.” Performing on flute, violin, cello and piano (and occasionally using historical instruments such as the baroque flute and harpsichord) the musicians transport the listeners to another time and place. The evening will feature a musical journey from baroque to jazz. Members of Musica Bella ... Read More »