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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 »

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 »

Speed Networking

Moderator Gina Sisbarro (third from left) answers questions after the speed networking event. PHOTO BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman There it is — networking in 60 seconds! Marco Island’s Chamber of Commerce recently challenged about 30 members and guests to promote themselves and their businesses during a “speed networking” tutorial led by Gina Sisbarro, local children’s theater director and guide of Marco Island Murder and Mayhem Ghost Tour. Participants sat in one of two lines of chairs, facing each other. Those seated on the left spoke first. Then it was the right-siders turn to give their introductions. After two minutes, Sisbarro gave the signal to switch and the right siders slipped into the next seat, while ... Read More »

Happiness is a Marco Island Condo!

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By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.sandyelliottinteriors.com Of the nearly 300 condos listed for sale on Marco Island this week, one-third of them are offered turnkey; one-third are being sold furnished; and another third are either partially-furnished, unfurnished or the furnishings are negotiable. Realtors refer to these condos as either “T, F, P, U or N”. There is no legal definition for these terms so it is important to develop an inventory list before closing. Turnkey includes furnishings, accessories, rugs, dishes, cutlery, linens, TVs, art and lamps — everything you see except for personal items. After the closing, you bring ... Read More »

CABINET APPROVES TWO CONSERVATION LAND ACQUISITIONS TO PROTECT FLORIDA’S ENVIRONMENT

Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet approved the acquisition of more than 1,275 acres to protect environmentally sensitive areas in Monroe and Washington counties. This approval is the final step before land can be purchased for these two Florida Forever projects. Governor Scott said, “This more than $4-million investment will protect our springs and environment to ensure future generations can continue to enjoy Florida’s natural treasures.” “Governor Scott and the Cabinet took important steps today to protect two very different, but equally important areas of Florida,” said DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. “While each of these projects has ... Read More »

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in October And Receive Five Free Crapemyrtle Trees

The Arbor Day Foundation will brighten up your fall by offering five free crapemyrtle trees when you join the Foundation in October. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America campaign, a program dedicated to environmental stewardship through tree planting. “Crapemyrtles are especially beautiful in the fall and were selected for this campaign because of their elegant color and form,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Crapemyrtles make an attractive addition to the home landscape.” The trees will be shipped postpaid between Nov. 1 and Dec. 10, at the right time ... Read More »

American Cancer Society Leads Fight to End Breast Cancer

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig Did you know that the American Cancer Society invests more in breast cancer research than any other cancer type to find, prevent, treat and cure the disease? We’re in every community providing free information and services to people fighting the disease. Today, one in every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer turns to us for help and support. Over the past 20 years, we have helped more than 4 million women get potentially lifesaving breast cancer screening tests. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than ... 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 »

It’s Time to Welcome Our Flying Winter Friends

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist September 21, 2014, 10:29 PM Marco Island time — The Autumnal Equinox is occurring. That imaginary line on our planet called the Equator is closest to the sun. There is an even amount of solar energy in both the northern and southern hemisphere. It is the first day of fall. Over the next few months the earth’s northern half will tilt away from the sun. Here in Florida, we will experience cooler temperatures, but further north a much colder climate will be prevalent. Some areas of the United States have already experienced snow, and ... Read More »

Go Ahead and Act Like a Child

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Before we learn to speak, our true nature is to love and be happy, to explore and enjoy life. As little children, we are completely authentic. Our actions are guided by instinct and emotions; we listen to the silent voice of our integrity.” — Don Miguel Ruiz   My husband and I have been blessed with four great children. They’re all grown now, self-sufficient and productive citizens. Hard-working and happy, and for this, I am thankful every single day. In turn, our children have blessed us with five grandchildren. All babies and toddlers. ... Read More »

TBE Profile: First-grade Teacher Katie Bush

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com This time last year, Katie Bush was teaching first grade Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools in Newton Falls, Ohio, but a June vacation to Marco Island changed everything for her. Now, she is the newest first-grade teacher at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. “I absolutely fell in love with it here!” the Ohio native remembers. “I decided right then, ‘why not live and work in paradise?’ The available first-grade job and interview process came together so perfectly that I know this is God working in my life!” Now, just two months into the school year, her ... Read More »

Safe Boating

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By Laurie Harris US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 95 Did you know that if you were born before Jan. 1, 1988, you can buy a boat and immediately drive it home with no prior boating experience necessary? That means so can your fellow boaters. Safe boating doesn’t just happen. It requires dedication by the captain and crew of a boat. We’ve all heard the phrase “red, right, returning,” but when you live on an island, when are you returning and when are you headed back out to sea? You know who has the right of way at a four-way stop ... 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 »

Rookery Bay Celebrates National Estuaries Day

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The sky was clear. The sun was shining, and the parking lot of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was packed on Saturday, Sept. 27. The occasion: National Estuaries Day, an annual event established in 1988 as part of Coast Weeks to help educate the public and promote the importance of estuaries and the need to protect them. Rookery Bay is one of 28 national estuarine research reserves, and the local crowd celebrated the day in fine style, with guided boat expeditions of the estuary, kayak and paddle board adventures on Henderson Creek, behind-the-scenes laboratory ... Read More »

MIA not a pushover in loss to Seahwaks

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by Roger Lalonde While the Community School coaches told their players after the game that they never doubted the team would win, it wasn’t easy. The Seahawks won their third straight game, but Marco Island Academy showed they can compete with the better area teams. The Manta Rays are 2-1 on the season at the start of its third season. They travel to Moorehaven on Friday for an important Class 2A district game that has playoff implications. On Friday the Rays lost 31-10, but led at half time, 10-7. The game-changing play was not made by the players, but the ... Read More »

Planning Advisory Board and City Council

As you are likely aware, after several meetings involving the Planning Advisory Board and City Council, as a initative to increase safety – the following alleys were declared no parking zones by Marco Island City Council:   Elkcam to Park Park to Vets O’Malley’s O’Neil’s Joshberger’s San Marco to Barfield Covewood to San Marco.   This includes parking on the roadway as well as the berm or right of way next to the roadway.  It does not included City approved marked parking spaces immediately behind businesses. Several dozen no parking / tow away zone signs have now been posted in ... Read More »

Collier Area Transit Wins Safety Award

Collier Area Transit (CAT) received the 2014 Transportation Disadvantaged Safety Agency of the Year award. The award, given by the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, recognizes a transit system that has demonstrated an outstanding safety record or initiated new or improved safety systems. CAT was recognized for its operator mirror check station, which it introduced in an effort to improve transportation safety. Before a bus leaves the transportation facility, operators must stop at a check station to ensure the mirrors on the bus are properly positioned to eliminate potential blind spots. Since the county has included the mirror check ... Read More »

Safety Meets Creativity

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Submitted Ask Lon Boggs, manager of The Somerset of Marco Island condominiums, what his biggest on-the-job headache is, and he’ll answer right away: “signage.” Not the maintenance of 122 units, nor the comfort of all those residents and guests; not upkeep of the lush botanical grounds, two swimming pools, boardwalks to the beach, or all that infrastructure. And definitely not his A-team staff — who are responsible for seeing that his headaches are few. Nope, it’s signage. “Well,” says Boggs, “we have a beautiful environment here, and I don’t like signs that disrupt the integrity of the architecture or landscaping, ... Read More »

Stay Cool, Beat the Heat While Late Summer Fishing

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Out on the water, we have sun baking us from two directions. The most obvious is from above, but few think about reflection. The reflection from the water and the white deck of a boat can be equally as strong as directly from the sun. It is imperative to completely cover up if you want to beat the heat and avoid a bad burn. Sunscreen is the most obvious first line of protection, but there is a lot more to protecting yourself from sun exposure. Wear light colored and light weight clothing. Have ... Read More »

McGuffie welcomes Dr. Abbiati

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Island dentist Dr. Axel McGuffie and his family, wife Debbie (office administrator) and daughter Jessica, will be relocating to the East Coast. In a letter to patients, Dr. McGuffie wrote “My commitment to maintaining your trust and providing quality dental care has led me to search for just the right doctor to assume my practice. I wanted someone with the same enthusiasm and commitment I had when I built my practice. Dr. Abbiati is enthusiastic about the practice of dentistry and providing patients with the highest quality in customized care.” The letter cites Dr. Abbiati ... Read More »