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Association Consumer Alert: Watch Out For “Official Documents” That Are Not

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Condo Law By Bob Murrell It’s that time of year again! Many of the Annual Meetings for Associations have already taken place and others will take place within the next few months. After we get by the first of the year, it is time for the Annual Corporate Reports to be filed with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations. Most of these are filed by the managers once the Annual Meeting has taken place, so that any changes to the directors or officers of the association can be made. In that way the corporate information for the association ... Read More »

‘Til the Cows Come Home

Local farmers lead their cows in a descent from their summer home.

Speaking of Travel By Vickie Kelber Although we have visited Switzerland a number of times, usually choosing to spend a month at a time, our travels have always taken place between early June and late August. On our last trip, we went a little later in the season, determined to stay until the cows came home. Cows are an important part of Swiss culture and economy. Think Swiss cheese and chocolate. The cow has become a ubiquitous symbol of the country. After landing at Zurich Airport and getting on the internal transportation tram, we were greeted with a recording of ... Read More »

Small Trees but Big Show

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Plant Talk By Mike Malloy For all of us who want to have one of the showiest trees in town in our gardens (Royal Poinciana) and just don’t have the room because of their size, here are some of my favorite small trees that can be grown in courtyards, containers and small yards here in southwest Florida that can also be as special as the big boys. Dwarf Poinciana (Caesalpinina pulcherrima) is the little brother to the Royal Poinciana but a much smaller size. This evergreen shrub that can be pruned and trained into a specimen small tree, usually about ... Read More »

Expectations

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“A gift that far exceeded my expectations”

Body, Mind And Spirit By Laurie Kasperbauer ……you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well you might find, you get what you need…. - Rolling Stones   I celebrated my birthday recently and as always, I was humbled by the wishes of family and friends. Because I was born on Valentine’s Day, it’s an easy birthday to remember, which is a distinct advantage, especially for my husband. Not that he forgets important dates like anniversaries and birthdays, but because he sees constant reminders of Valentine’s Day through advertisements and store displays, he sometimes even plans ... Read More »

Manatees Are Back!

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A foursome of the endangered mammals 
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By Bob McConville Master Naturalist During the week of March 4th thru the 11th I was fortunate to be on the water every day. In addition to surveying our area dolphins, some other marine and bird life was very noticeable. A few Kemp-Ridley turtles popped their heads up and some of the osprey hatchlings are now several weeks old and growing fast. Arriving from as far away as Brazil on their 10,000 mile round-trip journey, even a few Swallow Tailed Kites were seen. The biggest surprise of all was 5 separate sightings of those lumbering aquatic giants in the Marco ... Read More »

Naomi’s Up to Her Ears in Kittens!

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For the Love of Cats Naomi & Karina Paape Dear Fellow Felines: I’m up to my tortie ears in kittens! I’m talking lots and lots of kittens! Just the other day I was making my morning rounds – taking inventory if you will, and thought surely my eyes were deceiving me; so much so that I had to dig out my calculator. The numbers weren’t lying. Sometime in the early hours of a placid March morning, nine kittens appeared as if out of thin air. We – For the Love of Cats, Marco Island’s no-kill cat shelter – had recently ... Read More »

Davis Cup Action: Great Britain downs USA again

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By Doug Browne Even though we had the home court edge last year, (San Diego) the Great Britain Davis Cup team stunned the USA squad 3-1. Every tennis fan was well aware of GBR’s Andy Murray and his stellar record but the Americans knew they could outshine James Ward and win both singles matches. Additionally, the USA squad boasts the best doubles team in the game today, which enables the team to win 3-2. Unfortunately, tennis matches are not played on paper; Ward played loose and free and was able to topple both Sam Querry and Donald Young. Last week, ... Read More »

NCH Meeting Cancer Head On

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By Allen S Weiss, M.D. Cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis have changed dramatically for the better. Today, hospitals such as NCH, staffed by greatly experienced and highly competent medical personnel, are making tremendous progress in meeting the challenges of cancer. Last week, NCH added to its prestigious record in fighting cancer, earning National Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This highly respected, independent reviewing organization, established in 1922, awarded NCH “Silver” status and rated us “excellent” in six of seven categories. That placed us among the top 10% in the nation. To earn ... Read More »

Wellfit Girls Peruvion Adventure

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By Don Manley Alexis Buhelos embarked on a bold journey of self discovery last year that brought about some life-altering changes for the then 14 year old. The Marco Island resident and a group of other teen girls from Lee and Collier counties devoted five months of their lives to expanding their fitness, empowerment and leadership skills through the Naples-based Wellfit Girls Program. Created in 2014, the Wellfit Girls Program is dedicated to inspiring girls between 13 and 18 years old to maximize their potential through regular group meetings and a rigorous regimen of yoga, fitness and leadership training. That ... Read More »

Spring Break Then and Now

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By Pat Newman Ah! Can you smell it? The scent of sun lotion and beer is everywhere. That means only one thing—spring break is here again. That heady mix of aromas reminds me of some of the best times of my life, especially my first foray into Florida during college break in the 1970s. My friend Donna and I headed to Daytona Beach in search of sun and fun and discovered sun, 40 degree temps and a few hangers-on from the weekend’s Daytona 500. Intrepid travelers that we were, we decided to continuing driving south until we got a “good ... Read More »

Humanitarian of the Year: Al Bismonte

MICA’s Dick Adams with honoree Al Bismonte.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Civic Association Humanitarian of the Year award was developed in 1998 to honor the unsung heroes of Marco Island. It was recently announced the honor for 2015 goes to Al Bismonte. Al is a retired pediatrician. He still practices medicine and travels to Chicago for a couple of weeks each year to cover for his former partner while he goes on vacation. He prefers to get paid in the form of medicine so he can take it to his Mission in the Philippines where he spends three weeks every year opening a ... Read More »

MI Half Marathon Takes off at Sunrise

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The sun just broke over trees as the horn sounded for the start of the Marco Island Half Marathon Run last Sunday. Runners assembled in the pre-dawn hours to prepare for the event which benefits many local organizations. The Half Marathon originated as a way to give back to the community of Marco Island and was held in memory of Carole Sbertoli, a realtor, who suddenly passed away in August, 2007. “We have 465 runners on the course this morning,” said Race Director Jennifer Barstow. “It’s down a bit from last year, but we expected that. ... 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 »

Spring Jubilee 2015

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Submitted Marco Island Parks and Recreation will be hosting its annual Spring Jubilee event on Saturday, April 4th from 10AM1PM. This year’s event will include over 20,000 Easter eggs for ages 10 and under. Age groups include: 3 years and under, 4-5 years, 6-7 years, and 8-10 years old. Easter Egg Hunt will start promptly at 11:30AM. Additional activities this year include: music and games by Mobile Sound Entertainmnt a aintin irnt inatable games, Train Rides from Knights of Columbus, Youth Sailing rides by Marco Island Community Sailing Center, Con cessions by Marco Island Optimist Club, Easter holiday games and ... Read More »

United Church Donates to Habitat

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By Jan Kelly February was Habitat for Humanity month at United Church of Marco Island. Habitat month is an annual occurrence at UCMI. The history of the partnership between United Church and Habitat goes all the way back to 1977. Dr. Richard T. Disseler, the Senior Minister at UCMI at the time, was in the process of putting an addition on to the Administration building and enlarging the Chancel. During that process, United Church thought they have been blessed as a church, why not give a blessing to someone else, a Habitat home for a migrant family in Immokalee. Reverend Disseler ... Read More »

Celebration of Achievements

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department and the Marco Island Fire Foundation honored the years’ achievements, new employees and Firefighter of the year at a recent luncheon held at the Island Country Club. Foundation officers for 2015, Dianna Dohm, Roy Birkeland and Barb Murphy were sworn in by Council Chair Larry Sacher. An annual recap showed the Foundation built reserves to $100,000.00. A scholarship program has been initiated, a 50th Anniversary Book is underway and a Firemen’s Ball is in the works, this is in addition to the annual pancake breakfasts and the chili cook-off. Chief ... Read More »

Batfish Bash Brings Out the Best for Our Bay

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com March 14 couldn’t have had a more perfect evening. A golden sunset gave way to a star filled sky and the nite was soon filled with music, laughter, the clinking of glasses and a feast prepared in your honor. Too good to be true? Not if you were one of the 220 attendees at the 6th Annual Batfish Bash at Rookery Bay Learning Center. This was an evening about those who support the tremendous efforts to preserve, study and teach others about a local treasure that is uniquely ours. Its full name is the Rookery Bay ... Read More »

Marco Hilton Keeps Rating Streak Alive

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By Don Manley The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa has done it again. For the 16th consecutive year, the hotel has received the AAA Four Diamond Rating, making it one of 4 percent of AAA approved hotels and restaurants to receive the honor. “This could not be possible without the great team we have,” said Mac Chaudhry, Hilton Marco Island’s general manager, at the award ceremony, held recently at the hotel. An extensive array of amenities and guest services, and a commitment to providing attentive, personalized service in comfortable, high-quality surroundings is typical for hotels that earn the Four Diamond ... Read More »

Marco Island Shell Club Shows Beauty from the Beaches

The three day show saw about 2,000 visitors enjoy the exhibits and crafts.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Once again, the work of the Marco Island Shell Club was put on display March 12-14 for all to experience. And what a show it was. For 35 years, the MI Shell Club has been on a mission; to promote the study, conservation, history, and science of seashells and mollusks, and to encourage shell-related interests, such as shell collecting, crafting and shell art. The Shell Show saw about 2,000 visitors come through the doors at the United Church of Marco, which also serves as headquarters for their workshops and other endeavors. Greeters gave a quick overview ... Read More »

Marsh Walk

A tri-color heron feeds in the shallow water of the marsh.

By Carl and Joan Kelly Close to Marco is a relatively new walk, 10,000 Islands Marsh Walk, a mixed grass and mangrove marsh. It has a two-level observation tower with a good panoramic view of the marsh that has been revitalized by increased water flow, apparently one of the early benefits of Everglades restoration. The walk runs through the marsh with water, mangroves and grasses on both sides. We saw gators crossing the walk. From the observation tower we saw dozens of birds feasting on small fish, crustaceans and insects, and flying over head. This year the white pelicans landed ... Read More »