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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 »

Breezy, the Basket Case

Breezy’s comfortable contortions. PHOTOS BY VAL AND JESSICA SIMON

By Val Simon As they say – it is a dog’s life. I don’t know what ‘they’ meant by that, but Breezy gets a lot more sleep and rest time than I do. He’s settling into a ‘boring’ routine which includes going outside to do his business, eating, laying around the house, or if meetings aren’t scheduled and events don’t need covering, he comes to the office with me where he can find much more ‘action’. As Breezy got older, we began to have faith he didn’t have to be put in the crate. It started slowly at first; a ... Read More »

Will Nadal Show Up at Wimbledon?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com In the last few years, Rafa Nadal has bowed out in the early rounds at Wimbledon to Steve Darcis of Belgium, Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic and Australian teenager Nick Krygios. Curious, indeed? How can such dramatic upsets occur to one of the greatest players of all time? The Nadal camp will site Rafa’s recent struggles with his ailing knee but many other tennis enthusiasts point to possible doping. Say it isn’t so, Rafa. In today’s heavily scrutinized sports world, fans tend to be suspicious when unusual events surface. Let’s simply examine the Lance Armstrong bicycling ... Read More »

Focus on Medium: Call of the Canvas

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By Steve Gimmestad Note: This is a series of articles about the mediums people use to express themselves and create some great works of art for us to enjoy. My art envy carries forth from the last article to this one and those who work the canvas so well. One of the assignments I had in 5th grade at Lily Lake Elementary School was to paint a blue sky. I got a B-. Really? How do you mess up painting the color blue at the top of a sheet of paper? That’s why it was an amazing opportunity for me ... Read More »

Focus on Medium Clay is Cool

These pieces,  by Ginny Mueller show how intricate clay can be. Ginny hand paints the pieces with glaze.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Note: This is a series of articles about the mediums people use to express themselves and create some great works of art for us to enjoy.   My only real experience working with clay was in 7th grade art class. I made a small urn type of thingy on the wheel. My grade was a “C.” That is why I was excited to be able to spend some time with people who really know how to maximize the potential of this great medium. “The more you work with clay, each potter develops their own style,” said ... Read More »

In Search of Swiss Cheese

Outside the beautiful walled city of Gruyeres. photos by vickie kelber

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Switzerland is known for its cheese. Most of us have eaten “Swiss” cheese. Yet, few of us have experienced true Swiss cheese, for most of what is sold at local deli counters is a cheaper, lower quality commodity produced either domestically or from another country. It is made from pasteurized milk from cows fed on silage and often contains artificial ingredients. True Swiss cheese has no milk treatment, no artificial ingredients, no preservatives and comes from cows fed only grass or hay; no silage is allowed for Swiss cheese. The craft of cheesemaking in Switzerland dates ... Read More »

Jewelry Feng Shui

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I would like to start out by saying “Thank you” to many of you who enjoyed my last column. The response was monumental; it included phone calls, e-mails and personal appearances. Not to mention a great deal of business. I was happy to provide a way to turn ugly jewelry into new jewelry, and even provide enough cash for one couple to embark on that dream vacation they always wanted. The most memorable was the pair of diamond earrings a customer acquired from trading in a handful of old gold neck chains. Mary told me ... Read More »

Time to Review Your Condo Insurance Policies?

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By Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Now is a good time to review your condo (HO6), wind and flood insurance with a knowledgeable and reputable local agent familiar with the Florida condo market. HO6 policies provide liability protection, medical payments, and cover losses due to water, hurricane, lightning and condo association loss assessments up to certain limits with defined deductibles. Typically the condo association insurance policy covers the building replacement including electric wiring, plumbing, AC system and drywall inside your unit but all other damages to your interior contents like personal property, flooring, interior painting, furnishings, window treatments, light ... 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 »

FWC asks beachgoers to help survey spawning horseshoe crabs

As spring approaches, horseshoe crabs congregate to spawn along sandy beaches and shallow coastal waters throughout the state. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists are asking the public to assist in the FWC’s survey effort by reporting horseshoe crab sightings and other useful information. Although horseshoe crabs mate year-round, spring is the peak season to see them aggregate on beaches and in bays. Citizen scientists interested in contributing to the survey should have the best luck sighting horseshoe crabs around high tide within three days of a new or full moon, March 20 and April 4 respectively. The FWC asks ... 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 »

The Employment Report and Why it Matters

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By Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.” John Naisbitt, Author of the bestseller, Megatrends, born in 1929.   Question: Financial news channels place a great deal of emphasis on the jobs report. Please explain why this is such an important report and why it matters to individual investors. Answer: The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the jobs report, also known as the Employment Report, on the first Friday of each month. Investors, employers and policy makers eagerly await the findings that provide insight to the relative strength or weakness in the job market. Economic ... Read More »

2015 Wildlife Photo Contest Focuses on SW Florida

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Click! Click! Click! Amateur photographers send your photos to enter the Eighth Annual City of Marco Island Wildlife Amateur Photo Contest. The contest runs now through April 24th with winners announced May 1st. This year, photos are eligible for the following combined categories: Land and Marine Animals, Insects and Plants an t na atr rs an anscapes. A winner will be chosen in each of the following sub-categories: Color, Black and White and Creatively Altered photos. Amateur photographers aged 14 and up, are eligible to enter. An amateur is n as an trar as not ... Read More »

From Marco To Alaska, Local Female Captain Is Always Busy

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist I hear a very pleasant “Good morning, Bob” as someone passes by. “Good morning, Captain Jesse.” I reply as she ushers guests to a catamaran for a sailing tour of Marco Island. Yes, I did say “she”. One of the few female captains in the area, Captain Jesse Baughman leads a very active life. From fishing with active duty soldiers, to finishing her college education, to working the salmon run in Bristol Bay, Alaska, she is constantly on the move. In addition to conducting catamaran tours for the Marriott she owns a fishing charter business, ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Hosts Fine Arts & Crafts Show

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Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today that it will host an arts and crafts fair on March 6 and 7, 2015 from 10:00A.M. to 4:00P.M. The event was originally scheduled to start one day later, but has been moved to accommodate parking in the surrounding area. The Center is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive. The fair will feature numerous local artists, including Barry Howe (aerial photography), Linda Taffe (watercolors), Sheri Levine (nautical pillows), Dennis Collins (jewelry), Ray and Susan Burros (jewelry), Sue Mezzaros (wire wrapped silver wear) and Pam Patulla (clothing). Virtually every type of art will ... Read More »

Marco Island City Council

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By Pat Newman There were plenty of waves Tuesday night at Marco Island’s City Council meeting when the resolution to approve a temporary use permit for construction staging at Rose Marina came up for discussion. Ultimately, the 50-year old family-owned marina, was approved for using lots zoned “residential” for boat storage while constructing a new storage facility in a vote of 4-3. The lots are owned by Rose Marina, but Magnolia Court area homeowners argued that deed restrictions imposed by the Mackle Brothers, Marco’s original developers, and currently MICA (Marco Island Civic Association) allows only single family residential homes on ... Read More »

Building Your Dream on Marco Island

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com So, you did it! You bought a vacant lot on Marco Island, and you are ready to build your dream home. You have found paradise, but now, what? Where do you begin? According to Lisa Loewer, customer service supervisor for Marco Island Building Services, property owners usually start by finding the right home builder and design professional. The builder, designer and property owner put their heads together to create a preliminary design for the house. After that, they pay the city’s Building Services Division a visit. “It starts here with an inquiry,” Loewer notes. This ... Read More »

How to Choose a Home Builder

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The National Association of Home Builders provides a three-point checklist for choosing a home builder. Make a List of Possible Builders: This can be done a number of ways. First, contact your local home builders’ association to obtain a list of builders who construct homes in your area. You can find your local HBA at nahb.org/findanhba. Second, look in the real estate section of your local newspaper for builders and projects. Looking through the ads and reading the articles can help you to learn which builders are active in your area, the types of homes they are building and the ... Read More »

Why Don’t We Just Eat Right?

FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Every day, I inquire each of my clients on how their nutrition is going, and every day, I hear more or less the same type of response from at least one person: a sheepish look followed by an excuse as to why they could not eat right the day before. “Friends are in town so we eat out every night.” “My family is visiting and expects me to cook all of the favorite comfort foods.” “I was just too tired.” “I knew better, but I just couldn’t help it.” “I was stressed, and it calmed my ... Read More »

Sold! for $7.5 Million

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Cathy Rogers is Marco Island’s most accomplished realtor right now. The reason: After three years of marketing and advertising one of the island’s premier Gulf-front properties — 1549 Heights Court — Rogers recently closed the $7.5 million sale of the sprawling, luxury home. It is the highest priced home sale on Marco since 2008, when a home sold for $7.7 million. To date, the highest priced home sold on the island changed hands in 2007 for $9 million. “Although I do all types of real estate, it is very much an accomplishment to not only ... Read More »