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Placencia: Belizean Beauty

Placencia is known for its golden beach. Photos by Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For low-maintenance travelers who appreciate unspoiled natural beauty, a trip to Placencia is a must. Located in the Stann Creek district of Belize in Central America, Placencia is a 16-mile long, narrow strip of land. Although it is a peninsula, the Caribbean Sea on the east and lagoon on the west make Placencia feels like an island. The area is known for its natural beauty: golden sand beaches, lush foliage and a variety of tropical birds and sea life. Visitors can relax on the beach, or partake in a variety of activities such as kayaking, ... Read More »

My Newest Best Friend A Carolina Love Story

The Canton Chamber of Commerce chose this as one of the views used to attract businesses and new residents to Canton. Bill Gwinn’s first Canton house is the white bungalow
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Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn My newest best friend lives in North Carolina. Her name is Cassandra. She is a strikingly beautiful blue-eyed blond. She lives in Canton, N.C. where she grew up and spent most of her life. Until September of last year, I had never heard of her. On May 28, 2016, Cassandra, 46, (affectionately known to me as Cassie) married my son Bill, 52. To accommodate all the guests, the wedding took place in the Canton National Guard Armory. It was one of the happiest days of my life. Canton is located about 13 miles west of ... Read More »

A High Tech Answer to Turtle Egg Poaching

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist          Just a few weeks ago a Florida man was caught stealing more than 100 eggs from an adult female loggerhead sea turtle while she was in the process of laying them. This guy could face a maximum term of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine for hisactions. A California couple was sentenced to six months in prison when they were caught smuggling more than 900 olive ridley turtle eggs into our country from Mexico in May. A Georgia man went to jail for 21 months when he was ... Read More »

Why Can’t We Live Together?

Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer
It takes all the colors in the box to capture the beauty of the world we live in.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com People should act more like a box of crayons, living together in harmony no matter what color or how you look.  – Katelyn Doneker  I have a couple of news apps on my phone. One is NBC2, local news, and the other is USA Today for national news. They send an audible ping that accompanies a headline on my phone when there’s breaking news. Lately, there has been a lot of breaking news. As I write this article it is just days after the most recent tragedies involving shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and ... Read More »

Finding a Marco Island Condo

Condos along the beach. Photos by Gary Elliott

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Starting your search for a Marco Island condo? Here’s a brief overview. Generally about 3% of Marco Island’s 10,500 condos are on the market at any given time. For instance, last week 337 condos were for sale. Marco Island’s condos can be found along the beach, adjacent to water, inland and along the Gulf. 38% of Marco Island’s condos are located on the beach and this tends to be the first area that people are drawn to. Last week, 152 were for sale. Prices on the beach range from $289,000 for a ... Read More »

Resilience is the Key

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.” – William James, American Philosopher (1842-1910) Question: What are your thoughts concerning the financial markets response to Brexit and the overall performance of stocks and bonds so far for the year? Answer: We’ve certainly had our share of uncertainty and volatility in the first half of 2016. There are a variety of reasons but let’s start with Brexit. This is the term given to the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) after 40 years. Obviously, this hit markets hard and the long-term effects remain ... Read More »

Whoa, the Dreaded Words

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Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry As summer progresses, some of your children temporarily unoccupied by arts and crafts camps, drama experiences, nature field trips, organized sports, theme parks or other engaging experiences, may have uttered those dreaded words. “I’m bored.” If you haven’t experienced this declaration from your child or grandchild, you’re exceedingly lucky. I’ll tell you, it pains the heart. Here you are trying to find stimulation for your child(ren) beyond insipid TV and violent video games by researching the local and nearby activities, cross-referencing budgets, timing of events, carpooling options, supervision, whether friends will also ... Read More »

Communication Breakdown

Venus and Serena discussing strategy in between points. Submitted Photos

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In all sports, focus and concentration are a vital part of winning. In most sports, coaches on the sidelines are able to constantly observe and advise on a play-by-play status, allowing the athletes to be able to focus solely on performing. Pickleball, like the sport of tennis, requires players to be their own coach and it is quite a challenge to play the dual role of competitor and coach all at the same time. In both the sports of tennis and pickleball, players must be able to remain focused and compete, while having to ... Read More »

Get Ready for Mini Season

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Florida lobster sport season, known as mini season, is almost here. The two-day event will take place this year on July 27 and 28. Many people have already made their plans to go to the Keys and catch some “bugs.” On the last Wednesday and Thursday each July, with a Florida saltwater fishing license and a current spiny lobster permit, recreational divers and snorkelers can catch Florida lobsters. There are limits to the amount of lobster you can take home. In Monroe County and Biscayne National Park the limit is six lobsters, per person, per ... Read More »

School Supply Drive

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Before you know it summer will be over, and it will be school time once again for children in Southwest Florida. The Greater Marco Family YMCA is busy getting ready, and can use the community’s support. To prepare for the new school year, the YMCA has begun its Annual School Supply Drive. The items needed are: Back Packs Colored Pencils Crayons Elmer’s Glue Bottles & Sticks Erasers Loose Leaf Paper (Wide Ruled) Magic Markers & Dry Erase Markers Pencils & Pencil Boxes Scissors Spiral Notebooks 2-Pocket Folders 3-Ring Binders (2”) Ziplock Bags (Pint and Gallon ... Read More »

Real Estate Report

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Dick Shanahan  MIAAOR® President  MLS statistics have been released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties comparing the second quarter of 2016 (April – June) to the second quarter of 2015. According to Dick Shanahan, president, total sold volume dollars for all property types was $217,865,724 in 2nd quarter 2016 v. $260,815,478 in 2nd quarter 2015, as the market remains steady. Inventory Up The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in the 2nd quarter comparison 2016 to 2015 increased 8.93% (427 v. 392). New single family listings ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Michael McComas

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After more than 25 years helping young men overcome a troubled past, the Department of Juvenile Justice has chosen to cease operations at AMIkids Big Cypress. We, the current members of the Board of Trustees, want to thank all those organizations and individuals who have contributed their time and resources to this effort. The individuals are too numerous to mention by name, but please know that our sincere thanks go out to each and every one of you. Michael McComas AMIkids Big Cypress Board of Trustees Ellen Vanderburg – Chairman Denise Murphy – Vice Chairman Joe Paterno Arlene Austin Patrick ... Read More »

Wine Wednesday – More Than Just Wine

Tracy Bower, left, and Nancy Carrington of Marco Island Florist Home and Gifts. Photos by Don Manley

By Don Manley  Marco Island Florist Home and Gifts takes on a slightly different feel on the last Wednesday of each month. Walk through the business’ doors between 3 and 5 PM and you’ll find more than just the varied assortment of items that are the shop’s stock-in-trade. There will also be live music, visual artists displaying their creations, and appetizers from local chefs and restaurants, such as Chef Mike Duncan from Marker 8.5 and Chef Laura Owen from CJ’s on the Bay, paired with an appropriate vintage of the fermented grape. For almost two years, the S. Barfield Drive ... Read More »

Expectations Met, and Then Some!

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By Inez Hudson Last year I was invited to teach an en plein air (in open air) painting workshop in Minerve, France. WOW! I was stunned, flattered, nervous, excited and jumped at the chance. The workshop was a dream of one of my students, Nan Dawkins, who created her company, Cerulean Blue Enterprises, www.cerulean-france.com, for the purpose of hosting plein air painting workshops in beautiful places. She certainly succeeded in doing just that – Minerve is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen! She took a chance and it worked. Nan had arranged for lodging and meals at ... 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 »

Wind Across the Everglades

Tommie Barfield and her niece “Kappy” Kirk. Photos Courtesy of William Hughes

Submitted Take a break from the summer heat on August 2nd at 7 PM at the Rose History Auditorium, where you will enjoy the story of an earlier time in Southwest Florida. Speakers William Hughes and Craig Woodward will present the story and locations used in the movie “Wind Across the Everglades.” Bill will recount the tales of the relationships that led to the making of the movie, and Craig will bring the movie’s shooting locations to life. Filmed in 1958 in Everglades City and the surrounding area, the movie will take you back in time before the modern development ... Read More »

Candidate Forum

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Submitted The Caxambas Republican Club is sponsoring a Candidate Forum for U.S. District FL-19 on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 PM, at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The cost is $25, which will include hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, tax and gratuities. A happy hour cash bar will be available. The following candidates will be present: Dan Bongino, Chauncey Goss and Francis Rooney. For reservations, please contact Litha Berger by July 25th at 239-450-3369 or lithasberger@gmail.com. PUBLIC NOTICE Elections Office Announcement of Book Closing For Voter Registration In order to vote in the Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Primary Election, ... Read More »

Maddy Burt Breaks State Record

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Submitted At the 2016 Florida Age Group Championships on July 18, 2016, Marco Island’s Maddy Burt broke the state record in the 100-meter butterfly in her age group (13-14 years old). The swimmer, who is 14 years old, broke the state record with an incredible time of 1:03:56. Her stellar performance earned her the title of “State Champion,” as well as the accomplishment of creating a new swimming record in the State of Florida. Maddy, a member of the Greater Marco Family YMCA, is pictured above with Coach Kamal. Read More »

Goodland’s Guardian Angel Fiala steps up

Fiala with Commissioners

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Goodland Road (as it is known here) has been mired in controversy since Collier County turned it over to the City of Marco Island (CMI) in 2002. It turns out that because of increased flooding, the road needs to be rebuilt and elevated at a cost which may exceed $5M, an amount which CMI says they cannot afford. The County wants CMI to proceed with the rebuilding and has threatened to withhold the remaining $2M in annual payments due to CMI under the 2002 Interlocal Agreement. A stalemate between the County and CMI has resulted. ... Read More »

This Place Is For The Birds!

Photos by Bob McConville
A Least Tern rests on Tigertail Beach, pretty well camouflaged among the sand and shells.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist   Join Bob on July 20th at 7 PM for more details about some of our area birds. This talk will take place at the Marco Island Historical Society’s Auditorium. On May 12th Bob gave a presentation about our birdlife and it was so well received that Part 2 was requested. Admission is free for all MIHS members and MIA students and teachers. A $5 donation is requested of all others. Look!!! Up in the sky…again!!! I contributed an article in early May and discussed some of the birds we see here, namely the ... Read More »