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Hillary Clinton and the FBI A Retired Agent Weighs In

Submitted Photo FBI Director James B. Comey, during July 5th press conference. “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information,” he said, “our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

By Barry Gwinn When I heard that the FBI had recommended that no prosecution be undertaken of presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, I was dumbfounded. But not for the reasons you might think. On July 5, FBI Director James B. Comey called a press conference and announced that the FBI wouldn’t be recommending criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for alleged mishandling of classified material on her private email server. I spent 31 years as an FBI special agent, mostly investigating and aiding in the prosecution of criminal cases. I am also versed in the history of the FBI and was ... Read More »

Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking’s Dangers

Nola Theiss, left, founder and executive director of  ARTREACH developer, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, discuss paintings created by program participants at the art show held in March at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. Photos supplied courtesy of ARTREACH

By Don Manley Enlightenment in the dangers presented by human trafficking has been part of the program for some Greater Marco Family YMCA summer campers. About 25 sixth-through-ninth graders attending the Y’s Manatee Middle School camp recently took part in the ARTREACH program, which arms at-risk youths with information designed to prevent them from falling prey to traffickers, while also heightening the public’s awareness of the crime. The week-long program’s uses the creative arts to educate youths ages 8-to-18 about trafficking, whether it involves prostitution, forced labor or another form of exploitation. ARTREACH’s full program is making its Collier County ... Read More »

A Dolphin Update

Mom Sintas keeps guard over her new calf, J. Fireball, last November.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist      Everybody loves dolphins. Most people taking nature trips in South Florida want to see one of two things…dolphins or alligators. We’ll forget about the ‘gators today and talk about the other favorite in our area for a mid-year update. On board the Dolphin Explorer you not only get to see dolphins, but you have a chance to watch a team of citizen scientists document the activity of these mammals for research purposes. Each one has a name and their daily behavior is recorded in a database. With more than 10 years of ... Read More »

Great Migration of the World

A least tern flies over its nest on Tigertail Beach. Its cousin, the Arctic tern, will migrate up to 44,000 miles each year! Photo by Bob McConville

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Planet Earth is on the move! Every day, somewhere around the globe, some type of animal is on a migration route. Whether the need be food, water, warmth or finding a mate, there is a constant pattern of motion on our planet. Let’s talk about the migration of the largest number of land animals. This event takes place on the continent of Africa. In the springtime nearly two million wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and impala follow an annual pattern in their search for fresh grazing lands. The trail taken by these animals is now very predictable, ... Read More »

Don’t Fry Day Promotes Skin Cancer Prevention

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Submitted May is Skin Cancer Awareness month. To further the efforts to raise awareness, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated May 27th as Don’t Fry Day. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. In fact, in the U.S. more skin cancers are diagnosed each year than all other cancers combined. Nearly all skin cancers could be prevented by limiting unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. When skin cancer is detected early, most can be treated successfully – even melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. There are ... Read More »

Is it Alzheimer’s, Dementia?

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Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway My experience with dementia is close up and personal, very personal, since both my husband and my mother had dementia. I traveled the journey with them as wife, daughter and caregiver. It was not an easy journey but it did have its rewards including spending quality time together in the early years. Maybe you’re not currently affected by dementia, but worry that you will be. It’s a fear that many of us share. So it might be helpful to know what dementia really is and what it is not. It is not, for example, occasionally ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Unique Selection of Condos

View of Marco Island’s crescent beach from a Cape Marco condo balcony.

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Marco Island has a remarkable variety of condos for sale. Today 375 condos are listed for sale ranging in price from $89,900 for a studio apartment at Coquina Gardens to $7,245,000 for a five bedroom Belize penthouse. All of them have a unique price, island location, number of bedrooms, living space, floor height, balcony location, pet policy, renovations, and age. Overall, the median list price of a condo on Marco Island is $519,000 and the median air conditioned space is 1,162 square feet. Median list prices and sizes are as follows: studio ... Read More »

Marco Company Books Cuba Cruises

By Don Manley Week-long cruises to Cuba that blend cultural-immersion and tours of the island’s three largest cities can now be booked at America Travel Arrangements on Marco Island. The Carnival Corporation will begin offering service to the island from Miami on May 1, after receiving approval from the U.S. and Cuban governments, said Ewout DeVries, who co-owns America Travel with his wife, Jill. He said reservations are being taken for the first available departure date, which is in September. But the trips are anything but inexpensive. DeVries said the starting price for an inside cabin is tentatively $1,800 and ... Read More »

April Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Captain Pete Rapps with a nice catch and release permit.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As March ends and April begins, our water begins to warm up, as does the bite. Water temperatures should get up into the high 70s this month, with air temperatures in the mid 80s. I always like to look at the moon phases and Solunar calendar when selecting the best bet fishing days each month. This April the new moon falls on the 7th and the full moon falls on the 22nd. When having a look at the moon phases, tides, and the Solunar calendar, we have some nice looking days on the 5th ... Read More »

Local Spotlight: Strands By Jules

Julie Stoller (center) with her staff. From left: Mary, Kristine, Julie, Sally and Kim. Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com In October of 2015, 27-year-old Marco Island native Julie Stoller opened up her vey own hair salon, Strands by Jules. While Julie may be young, she’s no stranger to the hair industry, an industry she’s been a part of since she was 14-years-old. Julie began where most hair professionals begin, as an assistant. She worked her way through high school at a local salon, gaining critical knowledge and learning the nuances of the trade. After graduating high school her passion for hair drove her straight to professional school where she could hone in on her skills. ... Read More »

Notice to Residents on Fertilizer Ordinance 16-02

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By Gene Burson, Chairman of the Marco Island Beach Advisory Committee As of March 7, 2016, your City Council passed Ordinance 16-02, known as the “Fertilizer Ordinance.” To minimize negative environmental effects – both on land and in our waterways – Marco Island City Council voted to regulate the use of fertilizers containing nitrogen or phosphorous. By reducing the use of these fertilizers, they hope to upgrade the quality of life for city residents. The fertilizer regulations are based on the Model Ordinance for Florida Friendly Fertilizer Use. Low to no phosphorus fertilizer and slow release nitrogen fertilizer, along with ... Read More »

RC Laser Mid-Winter Championships

Sailors customize their boats to avoid confusion in the midst of an intense race.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com The Mackle Park lake was as smooth as glass. Thirty-two miniature boats, manned by 32 grown men, could be seen gliding across the surface, the breeze giving their boats an extra push here and there. For the 13th year in a row, the Marco Island Yacht Club and the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department have hosted the RC Laser Mid-Winter Championships. The event is the longest running RC Laser regatta in the country, and attracts competitors from all over the world. The farthest traveled contestants were from Canada and the Bahamas, respectively. The ... Read More »

Marco Island Real Estate Remains Strong

By Dick Shanahan, President of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island-only properties compare January 2016 activity to January 2015 activity. For all property types, volume sold listings January 2015 was $60,295,000, compared to $45,726,850 in January 2016, a 24.16% decrease. However, median sale price comparison was up 37.20%, from $410,000 to $562,500 for all property types according to Dick Shanahan, president. The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in January 2016 compared to January 2015 rose by 8.13% (266 v. 246). ... Read More »

Annual Skin Cancer Screening For Prevention, Detection and Treatment

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By Anne Marie Tremaine, M.D. Your spouse has spotted a new mole on your back; you wonder how soon, or if, you really need to see the dermatologist. My mission is to motivate you to make your next appointment soon. I’m not the only one concerned about skin cancer awareness. In 2014, the U.S. Surgeon General determined skin cancer was a chief public health concern and released a “Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer,” with the purpose to increase awareness and create objectives to improve skin cancer prevention. Skin cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in the United ... Read More »

Taking “No” for an Answer

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I recently had a not-so-unusual discussion with a potential customer, regarding the time process for her ring to be totally restored. Now to most of us business folks this is considered high season, and in our goldsmith shop my son and I are straight out with the influx of custom and repair work, resulting in the burning of lots of midnight oil. The volume is kind of like drinking from a fire hose. We take in, on an average day, anywhere from fifty to seventy watches for various reasons, such as battery replacement, straps, adjustments, ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in February

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com February is a great time to go out for a fishing trip in the 10,000 Islands, but you’ll want to make sure you prepare for what you’re going to experience! While February will have most of the same temperatures as January when it comes to air and water, we’re typically not seeing the same strong wind gusts and cold fronts we experience in January, which can make for a really comfortable fishing experience and day out on the water. The air temperature can be expected to reach around 52-76 degrees Fahrenheit, while the water ... Read More »

The Original Snowbirds…White Pelicans

White pelicans are gregarious and will work together to gather fish.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist It is estimated that humans have been in the Florida region for more than 14,000 years. Naples became a destination point just over 100 years ago and Marco Island was a mosquito-infested area until development escalated in the 1950s. Long before northern tourists began visiting our beaches to seek refuge from the winter cold there was a different type of “snowbird”…the white pelican. This giant of the skies breeds primarily in the interior regions of North America and makes its way to Florida, Central America and South America for relief from the colder climate. They ... Read More »

New Cancer Statistics Web Site

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ACS Cares Submitted In its efforts to promote cancer education, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has launched a new web tool that makes it easy to find and share cancer statistics (CancerStatisticsCenter.cancer.org). The ACS Cancer Statistics Center uses data collected from ACS, along with other significant data gathered from a variety of sources. The information has been organized and is now available through the new website. ACS made sure that the information is clear and easy to read. Readers will be able to view breakdowns of cancer rates and survival rates by state and cancer type. The new website is ... Read More »

Marco Island Real Estate Summary

By Dick Shanahan MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island-only properties compare January-December 2015 activity to the same time frame for 2014. For all property types, volume sold listings calendar year 2014 was $677,384,744, compared to $765,914,381 in 2015, a 13.06% increase. Median sale price comparison year-to-year was up 8.04%, from $435,000 to $470,000 for all property types, according to President Dick Shanahan. • The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in 2015 compared to 2014 rose slightly by 2.24% (1,820 v. 1,780). New listings for ... Read More »

Big Cypress Air Tour Management Agreements

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Park Service (NPS), and two commercial air tour operators have signed air tour management agreements to manage commercial air tours over Big Cypress National Preserve. These are the first-ever agreements of this kind developed for any unit of the NPS. They were developed in a collaborative effort among FAA, the preserve, the air tour operators, the NPS Southeast Region, and the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division of the NPS’s Natural Resource Stewardship and Science directorate. The agreements with operators Wings and Miami Seaplane Tours, Inc. establish conditions for conducting air tours, including specific ... Read More »