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Sharks Among Us

White shark (Carcharodon carcharias). FILE PHOTOS

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist It’s hard to believe that 2015 is already halfway complete. Sitting here contemplating the first 6 months of the year and then the last 12 months total, I realized that it has been 1 full year since I was right where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea and that’s where my wife and I were swimming….with Whale Sharks! About the size of a small school bus, it was quite an experience to be in the migratory route of these plankton eating giants. It got me thinking about the Gulf Stream current, other migrating ... Read More »

Social Security

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt   Question: I am confused, when is the best time to file for my social security benefits? Answer: Welcome to the great debate. There are numerous strategies for “maximizing” the receipt of your benefits. The short answer is that most people will be better off to delay filing for Social Security to provide for a higher lifetime income, maximized survivor benefits and longevity protection. Longer life spans make the decision of when to file more important than ... Read More »

A Fresh Look at Old vs. New

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As one who grew up in Southwest Florida, I have come to appreciate the balance between “something old and something new”—and not just when it’s part of a wedding celebration. Though I appreciate the economic benefits of our current surge in development, a part of me—the “native Neapolitan” part—will always enjoy eating at an established, family-owned restaurant or walking the familiar beach adjacent to Naples Pier. Some things never change, nor would I want them to. However, as is often said: change can be a good thing. At Physicians Regional, we have ... Read More »

That Reminds Me…

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was a late fall day; overcast with a breeze. The man stood in the driveway contemplating what to do with all the leaves that had accumulated in the yard. The yard wasn’t huge but was surrounded by dense woods so the leaves piled up quick and deep. Being so late in the season, an idea came to him. Rather than rake or blow the leaves away as was usual, he decided to hook the snow plow to the lawn tractor. What a tremendous idea, he said to himself smugly. It would save so much time. ... Read More »

“Million Dollar Listings: Billionaire’s Coast” Shines Light on Marco’s Luxury Homes

Christina Lusby of WINK-TV interviewing Frank Monti at the Alameda Court home featured in an episode of “Million Dollar Listings: Billionaire’s Coast,” while Cliff Donenfeld looks on.

By Don Manley It’s only natural that Marco Island’s bounty of luxurious homes be included in “Million Dollar Listings: Billionaire’s Coast.” “Everybody wants to be in it,” said Chuck Ardezzone, co-founder, of the 30-minute reality show’s producer, Naples-based In Trouble Zone Productions. “We’ve got Marco, we’ve got Cape Coral. We’ve got all kinds of places.” As the title, “Million Dollar Listings: Billionaire’s Coast,” makes clear, the show focuses on the luxury real estate markets in Collier and Lee counties, and the professional and personal lives of the realtors who deal in multi-million dollar homes. “It’s the high end homes and ... Read More »

Not All Pens Are Created Alike Marco resident crafts-one-of-a kind pens, pepper mills and bottle stoppers

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By Don Manley Marco resident crafts-one-of-a kind pens, pepper mills and bottle stoppers A pen isn’t just a pen if it’s a pen that sprang from the fertile mind and skilled hands of Doug Johnson. The same applies to the pepper mills and bottle stoppers that the Marco Island resident produces in a small work area he has created in his garage. Johnson is a practitioner of the avocation and in some cases, vocation, of “turning,” the art of forming objects on a lathe, or an object, such as a spindle, that is turned on a lathe. Since taking up ... Read More »

Goodland Goes Automated; AED Volunteers Ready to Assist

Digitized map of Goodland with marked AED locations. PHOTOS BY BARRY GWINN

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com The Goodland Civic Association (GCA) really cares about the well-being of our residents. The GCA actually does something about it. The following is one such story. There are others, but none involve life and death like this one. Theresa Morgan is a personal friend of mine. She also sits on the board of the Goodland Civic Association and puts in countless hours of community service here. In her spare time she runs a thriving CPA business, which among other things, does my taxes. She has spearheaded the effort to coordinate with Collier County, and ... Read More »

Missing the Man

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My dad, who taught by example and remains with me in spirit. PHOTO BY LAURIE KASPERBAUER

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him do it.” Clarence B. Kelland   As Father’s Day approaches, I suppose it’s only natural that my thoughts float to memories of my dad more frequently than usual. He passed away nearly two years ago of complications from a neurological disease that was never definitively diagnosed. One day he fell in the kitchen of my parent’s home and throughout the 3 years that followed, his body cruelly failed him; one muscle, one nerve ending, one electrically-charged synapse at a ... Read More »

MIA’s Future Engineers Present Final Projects

Max Ruffat and Aidan Kahn test their catapult’s launch distances. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted For weeks now, Marco Island Academy’s (MIA) Principles of Engineering class carefully planned, crafted and built their final projects. The results were impressive. Taught by Hal Creech, the engineering class is just one of the many STEM classes students at MIA are offered each semester. The final assignment was to design, plan and create a mechanical, electronic or programming project from what they had learned. Creech told the students to “show me you learned something, and show me you can plan and create a project.” The students, made up teams of two and three, created unique projects. Some found ... Read More »

Ask Me About the Birds!

A moment between a shorebird and her chick on the beach.

By Renee Wilson Florida’s white sand beaches are a playground for millions of residents and visitors each year. Beaches also serve as important habitat for shorebirds, with many species laying their eggs and raising their young right on the sand. Beaches in and around Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve historically have hosted some of the largest beach-nesting seabird colonies in the state. Audubon Florida and Audubon of the Western Everglades recently partnered with Rookery Bay Reserve to hire Adam DiNuovo in a new position as Shorebird Monitoring and Stewardship Project Manager. DiNuovo is working with research and stewardship staff ... Read More »

Teen Beach Bash Marks Summer’s Start

Marco Island’s finest show off their hula hoop skills. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The countdown is over, summer is here! “Every year we celebrate the beginning of summer,” said Lola Dial, Teen Center Recreation Leader for the City of Marco Island. This celebration is Marco’s annual Teen Beach Bash on South Beach, put on by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. Lola runs the event, free for kids grades six through twelve. Samantha Malloy, Special Events Coordinator and Pat Kuhn, Parks Maintenance, for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department were on hand to help with the event. Lola tells us that in the past the number of teens attending had declined because ... Read More »

WHEELS BMX TRACK HAS RE-OPENED

The Wheels BMX Track has re-opened at the Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway. The track recently went through a six month renovation project that included reshaping and resurfacing the track utilizing a Soiltac coating. This coating will not only save the County money in the long run by reducing maintenance costs but it will also allow for shorter downtime for riders during inclement weather. The new design includes jumps, table tops and rhythm sections, offering something for riders of all ages and abilities. Wheels is now open from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rental Ordinance – Common Sense

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About nine years ago, growing complaints regarding vacationing, disruptive short-term rentals caused the City Council to begin considering the issue. Much commercial lobbying later, the current City Council adopted Ordinance 15-01, the Rental Ordinance. In my opinion, their decision was good and not-so-good at the same time. The “good” includes prioritizing community complaints over commercial interests; requiring registration of all rental properties; assigning accountability for disturbances to the landlord as well as to disappeared short-term perpetrators. The “not-so-good” includes requiring annual registration renewal; mandating city annual fire inspections; mandating a dossier on each tenant for the City; Let’s apply some ... Read More »

Winn-Dixie Stores to Give Away $150,000 in Free Groceries to 30 Customers During the Great Grocery Giveaway

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Thirty lucky Winn-Dixie customers will win free groceries for a year by entering the Great Grocery Giveaway today through June 16. Every customer who enters will receive a $10 off $100 purchase coupon upon entering a valid email address online. “We know many of our customers work hard to stretch their grocery budget from month to month, so we want to give something back by awarding free groceries for a year to thirty customers in the Winn-Dixie market,” said Bill Nasshan, EVP and chief merchandising officer for Winn-Dixie. “We want each of our customers to be a winner, so we’re also ... Read More »

Butterfly Gardening in Florida

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy We are lucky here in South Florida. Our butterfly population flourishes during the summer months due to our hot, tropical weather. And because it stays relatively warm, even during the winter months, we have a healthy year-round butterfly population. There are, however, a few butterflies that still migrate during the winter season. The Monarch is one of them. This is the first article in a six-part series featuring the butterflies of Florida. I’m going to begin with the Monarch, of course, which is probably the most recognized butterfly in the world. Monarchs, Queens and Soldiers are members ... Read More »

Reflections from the Artist of the Year

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com On May 23, I attended an annual luncheon held by the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA). Besides fine food from Stonewall’s Kitchen, and grand camaraderie, MIFA used the occasion to present scholarships to four extraordinary students to further their arts education, and to acknowledge MIFA’s designated 2015 Artist of the Year – yours truly. From my heart, I thank the board members of MIFA for this kind recognition. I’m honored, and I was honored, and excited, to share the day with those bright and creative young stars…and with everyone that came to celebrate with ... Read More »

To Catch a Sawfish….Twice in Two Years!

The Sawfish, which had no rostrum (saw), put up a fight for nearly 2 hours.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist It’s late winter of 2014 and Captain Ted Naftal gets a call. The voice on the line says “I want to go for something big, something that might hurt us.” Captain Ted replies “There are fish that WILL hurt you, and it’s not funny!” It’s an ongoing joke that the Captain has with regular customers, the Graham family. They’ve been friends for years and have caught some trophy-sized fish together. The next prize was about to get very big, and unique! On April 25th, 2014, on board the Miss Nancy 2, guests Michael Graham and ... Read More »

Marco in Bloom Winners Announced

Bill Filbin (left at podium) and Bill Poteet introduce RPAC award recipients of the $99 Club. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The annual Marco in Bloom contest came to a close, as winners received their certificates at the city council meeting on May 18. This year saw a record number of entries for the contest, which recognizes those who go above and beyond for their landscaping efforts. It is not just a beauty contest, although beauty is a major component. It also uses a criteria based on the use of Florida-friendly components, which helps save water and blends in with our natural environment. Donna Kay headed up this year’s contest, which is part of the City’s Beautification ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Kenneth E. Honecker

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An agenda item on the May 4th council meeting was a second reading of a transient rental housing ordinance, which I had voted against on the April 6th meeting. Ninety minutes of public comment was taken. Once public comment was closed it was time for council to discuss the motion at hand. Florida Sunshine law requires discussing all business items in public. Hence, a councilor’s only opportunity to talk to one another is at a public meeting. Once the hour and half of public comment was over, I was recognized by the Chair to speak. For some reason the audience ... Read More »

New Farmer’s Market a Great Summer Experience

Fresh produce is a signature of a great farmer’s market. There is plenty available at the new market. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad Just as nature abhors a vacuum, so it seems we miss our market. A new farmer’s market experience awaits just down the road at the Naples Outlet Center on Collier and Manatee Roads. It in its fourth week, this new farmer’s market offers a lot of homemade items, produce and wares available only through the market venue. With 17 vendors, they are looking to grow and make Wednesday mornings a reason to get out and shop in an open, fun environment. Shopping, in general, is a fun activity. I know many people who would make it a ... Read More »