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Until Next Year

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By Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com   It’s that time of year again. The transporters rumble onto the Island empty, with the wind whistling through their metal frames. And they leave heavily-filled with vehicles systematically stacked atop double-decker trailers. Their destination is someplace north of the Florida-Georgia line where they will once again be reunited with their rightful drivers. Wandering around our tropical locale I see lanai furniture neatly assembled in nooks and corners; boats covered and tethered; hurricane shutters rolled down. The houses look asleep. Driveways quiet. Soon, there will be parking spots open just outside the grocery store doors, and ... Read More »

Catch Mercury if You Can!

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By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net As the too bright Moon in the east is nearly full, we might as well look westward to a slightly darker sky. Venus is unmistakable as it floats high in the west; it is in fact the brightest object in the night sky other than the Moon. Below Venus, and a little to the right and just above the horizon lies the planet Mercury. Mercury is much more difficult to locate than Venus; at the time and date of the chart it’s only a little brighter than Polaris. During the next several days it will ... Read More »

All in the Family

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By Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Question: I’m a bit uneasy with my children and grandchildren’s abilities to manage the family finances after I’m gone. What tips or suggestions might you have?   Answer: Not knowing your family, but based on studies by Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research, your concern is justified. The unfortunate reality is that 70 percent of family wealth disappears when passed to the next generation. All too frequently, the first generation builds the wealth, the second expands it and the third generation loses it, having to start over. With an estimated $30 Trillion (yes, that’s with a ... Read More »

Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story

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By Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Ed Lucas and Christopher Lucas Jeter Publishing (Simon & Schuster) 320 pages. Genre: Biography Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.” – Yogi Berra   Well, sports fans, baseball is back! The first few weeks are always glorious because there are no deep disappointments yet and hopes are high. Boston won the World Series in 2013, so why shouldn’t Cubs fans think “Maybe next year” is THIS year? Did Back To The Future 2 writers get it right with “Cubs sweep Miami five games to ... Read More »

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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By Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net For many island businesses, the month of April is usually when things begin to wind down a little. It can still be busy but not as crazy as the prior months and many call it “a good busy”. A good busy is running your business at an easy controllable pace where you make your customers really, really happy and actually make money at the same time. That would be a perfect world but for me. April is totally the opposite in my world; it can be as hectic as the week before Christmas, No really, many ... Read More »

Oleanders for a Spring, Summer and Fall Show of Color

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By Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Oleanders (Nerium oleander) an evergreen shrub that makes a great specimen plant when planted in the garden but also makes a great hedge or container plant. However you decide to use this plant shrub, hedge or standard (tree), it will always be a very colorful and showy plant. Oleanders bloom from spring to fall, coming in colors of orange, pink, red, white and yellow. Some have single flowers and there are others with a double bloom. Flowers are usually in clusters at the end of branches. Oleanders can grow up to 12 feet and are almost ... Read More »

Bird Rookery Swamp

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By Vickie Kelber In my quest to explore the wonders that are, as I like to call it, “in our own back yard”, a friend and I set off early one morning for the Bird Rookery Swamp Trail off Immokalee Road. Many of you know of, if not visited Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The Bird Rookery is located adjacent and to the south of this preserve on Shady Hollow Boulevard, about 50 minutes from Marco Island. Open since 2011, Bird Rookery Swamp Trail is part of the South Florida Water Management District’s CREW, Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. The trail is a ... Read More »

Enter the Wildlife Photo Contest Today

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s final call for anyone wanting to enter the Eighth Annual City of Marco Island Wildlife Amateur Photo Contest. The contest closes to entries on April 24th. Winners will be announced May 1st. If you have any photos you have shot during the past year that you are considering entering, there is still time. Categories were combined this year into Land and Marine Animals, Insects and Plants and Trees and Landscapes. Black and white, color photos and photos creatively enhanced are all acceptable. Camera type is not limited, so whether you’re using a Canon, a ... Read More »

Top-Producing Realtor, Donna Kittle, Adds To Marco’s 50 Year History!

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Donna Kittle celebrates Marco’s 50th Birthday having negotiated the highest selling price ever on Marco’s beachfront! She takes great pride in her sharp negotiating skills, 5 Star Service, unparalleled Comprehensive Marketing Plan and Market and Product Knowledge! One of the most remarkable parts of this sale is that Donna has now sold this rare penthouse twice! She sold the current sellers this developer ready Grand penthouse in 2008. They were so satisfied with her service and confident in her abilities, talents and integrity, that they listed this exquisitely finished by the Award-Winning Robb & Stucky 10,000 sq ft beach residence ... Read More »

Coastal Comments

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Have you been wondering what those piles of dirt are just south of the Dunkin’ Donuts on 951/41? We have too, so I called the County Growth Management Division, who had to do a little research. Staff advised that the lot was cleared under an approved Site Development Plan when the lot was part of the Shoppes of Eagle Creek. Since then the vegetation had re-grown on the lot and the parcel had been removed from the Shoppes of Eagle Creek. The Property Owner had the lot cleared again, both of which constitute a violation. The ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Lunch & Learn: A Tale of Henderson Creek

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com One diary, two years of research and a great deal of passion all came together at the Rookery Bay Lunch & Learn on April 7. The final product is a fascinating glimpse into the history of pioneer life on Henderson Creek. The diary was written by Frank ‘Watts’ Hall and covered 186 days from 1898 into 1899. Watts was a teacher living with the Kirkland family on Henderson Creek and in his diary he shares a very intimate view of what daily life was like near the turn of the century. Ray Carroll was the presenter ... Read More »

FDOT Hearing on the US 41 at Lely Resort Intersection

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Submitted The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting a public hearing about safety improvements to the US 41 at Lely Resort Boulevard intersection. The proposed improvements include: The improvement includes modification of the full median opening to a dual directional opening. Currently all movements are allowed at the median opening. With this change, left turns out of Gridley Medical Building/Equestrian Professional Center and Lely Resort Boulevard will be restricted to improve safety at the intersection. Drivers will continue to be able to make left turns from US 41. Temporary median modification anticipated in summer 2015, with final construction tentatively set ... Read More »

Marco Island Center for the Arts April Exhibits

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Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts is exhibiting “Work” themed art. “Work It 24/7” displayed in the main gallery, reflects people working on Marco Island and has been judged by Jack O’Brien from the Naples Art Association. The exhibit is presented in conjunction with the Marco Island Historical Museum display of the nationally touring Smithsonian exhibit “The Way We Worked” which examines the creativity and strength of the American workforce. “The Way We Worked” exhibit is on display at the Marco Island Historical Museum until May 16, 2015 but the Center’s art exhibit is only on display through ... Read More »

Marco Island Real Estate, First Quarter 2015

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By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics have been released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties comparing the first quarter of 2015 (January – March) to the first quarter of 2014. According to Susan Ackerson, President, total sold volume dollars in this comparison of the Marco Island real estate market increased 24.01% from $177,269,256 (1st Q 2014) to $219,831,712 (1st Q 2015). Fewer new single family listings came on the market in the first quarter of 2015 vs. the first quarter of 2014 by 7.05% (211 v. 227). The total number of single family properties ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Donna Harrington

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My name is Donna Harrington and I live at Island Manor Condominium Association located on No. Collier Blvd and previously worked in their office as I do now at The Mariner of Marco Island, Inc. Condominium Association. Condo associations have rules and regulations that govern how problems are to be handled. They also take care of any problems that arise without having to call the police. Most associations, like The Mariner and Island Manor, also have strict rules in regards to rentals (i.e. 30 continuous days) and 90% of these rentals are returning “Snowbirds” who have been renting here for ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Thomas W. Carter

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To: City of Marco Island Council Members, It is with great discord that again, we are writing a letter to you on an issue we thought you put to rest via a vote by the majority of members during the March board meeting.  We can’t help to note that your timing to “reconsider” is being held at a time when most of the Condominium/HOA members have left the island for the summer months, making it impossible for us to once again fill your board room. Our position remains the same. The Seabreeze Condominium Board of Directors and unit owners are ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Elaine A. Myers

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After receiving my proposed new Marco Island city ordinance Section 8-100 through 8-104 inclusive in Chapter 8 , I’ve found myself compelled to write to the Coastal Breeze of my serious concerns of this proposal. I have been a condominium owner for the past 4 years at (28 Manor Terrace) the Mariner.  During this time, I have found that the Mariner Management and Board of Directors have shown the utmost professionalism in managing and applying the rules and regulations to make for a beautiful 162 unit complex.  In my opinion the Mariner is the best managed and maintained complex on ... Read More »

No One Goes There Anymore, It’s Too Crowded

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I think it was Yogi Berra who coined the phrase above. I had to chuckle a few days ago, while my staff and I were handling a crowd that seemed to appear in the shop all at once. (A lost tour bus?) My sales ladies and I were dashing about like whirling dervishes when I overheard someone complain to her friend while waiting to be served that she dislikes coming to this store because every season when she comes in we are always busy and she has to wait… Twenty-one plus years in business ... Read More »

Arc to Arcturus

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net   Extend the curve of the Big Dipper’s handle eastward and you will reach the bright star Arcturus. (You can always find it easily by remembering the mnemonic arc to Arcturus). The star itself is hard to miss; it’s the fourth brightest in the whole sky and the brightest star in the northern hemisphere – although Arcturus is close enough to the celestial equator to be easily visible over nearly the entire Earth. For the Hawaiian Islands this star appears directly overhead on summer evenings; ancient Polynesians could use this information to navigate ... Read More »

Common Sense or Common Cents?

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Ask The CFP Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.” — Carl Jung, Swiss Psychologist, 1875-1961.   Question: Can you explain what is meant by a “strong dollar?” How does this affect consumers, the economy, and the stock market?   Answer: Your question is not only well timed; it should be on an Economics College Final exam! The U.S. Dollar (USD) index is a commonly used, and often misunderstood, measure of the strength of our currency, the USD, relative to the currency of other countries. Common sense indicates ... Read More »