Cash versus Mortgage

We have all heard the phrse, “cash talks”. If you haven’t apparently you were born, raised, and are now living in a cave; because of that your eyes will never view this article.  So, for those of you living outside the cave, you may find this column interesting, helpful, cute or of no value – and you wasted your time. […]

Short Sale, Walk-away or Deed in Lieu – eenie, meanie, mynie, moe

Why would you ever want a short sale instead of just a regular sized sale?  Because if you owe more money than your house is worth, your house is considered to be ‘upside down’ or ‘underwater’ and no, that’s not a new exercise regimen or a way of giving birth. There are a million stories in the naked city about […]

Essential Doubles Strategy Guide – Part 2

When we analyze good doubles teams, the one true barometer of success is how much one teammate trusts the other. Look no further than the Bryan twins of California, who are the best tandem in the world rankings. They communicate on every point, they switch with ease, and they show their appreciation for one another with a huge smile after […]

Edge of Darkness

Aging, balding Mel Gibson is on the redemption trail. After a 7½-year screen absence, connected to some well-publicized personal problems, he has returned to a familiar milieu. He’s back in the revenge/thriller mode following his earlier tracks in Mad Max 1-3, Lethal Weapon 1-4, Braveheart, The Patriot, Payback, Ransom, and his abbreviated film version of Hamlet.   Edge of Darkness […]

Body Control at Impact

It has been said that golf is an unnatural game. Your body faces in one direction while you swing the club in another. When you swing the club head down at the ball, it goes up, and when you swing the club head up at the ball, the ball goes down. Most players use their bodies when trying to hit […]

The Silver King

After the Civil War, there were few rugged pioneers who chose to settle on the old shell mounds that the islands of Southwest Florida offered and attempt to eke out a living. Few were willing to endure mosquitoes, heat, and almost total isolation, with towns and villages accessible only by boat and no railroad or roads within hundreds of miles.  […]

Sustainability and What Does it Mean to Me?

The Sustainable Furnishings Council is a 400-member coalition of furniture industry leaders and visionaries formed to promote sustainable practices. Members assist in accomplishing this goal by increasing their purchases from suppliers that show continual improvement toward meeting high standards. The Council offers  interior designers a course focusing specifically on environmentally friendly furnishings themselves and other interior design issues. There is […]

Discover the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk

Taking CR92 to Tamiami Trail and heading east, the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk is only about 20-25 minutes from Marco Island.  If time is an issue this trip provides the southwest Florida adventurer an ideal vista of what the Everglades is all about without traveling too far into the glades. The boardwalk is part of the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve […]


At the Tuesday, February 16 meeting of the Marco Island City Council, The First Reading of the Seawall Ordinance was deferred to the March 1 meeting. Dr. James Riviere, who had served as the Chairman of the Ad Hoc Charter Review Committee, summarized the ballot results of the votes from the January 26 election when the seven following amendments were […]

Kids and Their Buddies Spend a Meaningful Day

On Tuesday, February 9, 114 second-graders from the Guadelupe After School Program (GAP) in Immokalee (Pinecrest and Highlands Elementary Schools) were welcomed by Big Buddies at the 18th Annual Hideaway Beach Buddy Day, for an excursion filled with fun and learning. The kids paired up with adult buddies from Hideaway Beach, Fiddler’s Creek, Verona Walk, Eagle Creek, The League Club, […]