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Local interior designer Kira Krumm has made the cover of Grandeur magazine. Her work is also featured inside. Submitted graphic

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Local interior designer Kira Krumm has made the cover of Grandeur magazine. Her work is also featured inside. Submitted graphic

Cover kudos

Local interior designer Kira Krumm has been featured on the cover of the upscale Florida design magazine, Grandeur.

Her “Yin Room” design was also the subject of the magazine’s main feature in the April edition.

A double whammy occurred in May when she was also featured in Florida International Magazine.

Krumm’s distinctions coincide with this year’s showcase at the International Design Center, for which special visits can be arranged by e-mailing

The “Yin Room” master Suite was inspired by the moon and “all that is feminine, restful and restorative,” according to publicist Rose Rea.

More details are available at Krumm’s Web site.

Tax tabs

Local chamber officials are keeping tabs on the proposed increase in resort bed taxes.

In her latest Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce newsletter, President Joyce McFarland reports that she, and former presidents Pat Neale and Mac Chaudhry attended a sub-committee meeting of the Tourism Development Council (TDC) in May.

This sub-committee was formed to make recommendations to the TDC concerning the distribution of the funds collected from the bed tax.

“Currently, of the $14,000,000 collected last year, only $2,400,000 goes towards promotion and marketing of Collier County, which accounts for 16 percent,” McFarland wrote.

“We are being outspent by every county in Florida, the nearest lowest is Sarasota County at 33 percent.

“The question is, should they increase the bed tax from 4 percent to 5 percent, or should they look at reallocating the current distribution. We are going to continue to be involved in this process,” McFarland said.

New Chamber members mentioned by McFarland in her letter are Assist-2-Sell’s Elena Rosner, Camellia Street Grill’s Terri Rementeria, Casey Surgical Arts & Kriger Orthodontics, Costco Wholesale’s David Longfield-Smith, Penhouse Keeping’s Maria Durkacova, Royal Palm Dentistry’s Dr. Jennifer Kocher and the Aesthetic Surgery Center’s Bonnie Grace.

LCEC pay options broaden

Lee County Electric Cooperative has widened its bill paying options.

In response to “changing and difficult times,” according to a release, LCEC’s new options will help them stay current on their electric bills.

Customers may opt to pay by Master Card, Visa or Discover cards or bank debit cards. This service is offered through LCEC’s chosen vendor, Online Resources.

Customers who use this option to pay their bill on time can avoid collection-related fees and inconveniences, the release says.

Credit or debit card payments can be made through Pay-by-Phone (automated phone system 239-656-2300) and PowerPay (

Dog classes this Saturday

A local dog training company is staging classes at Mackle Park this Saturday, and also June 13.

Call Colin Glass of Bark Busters at 234 0428.

The company started in Australia in 1989 and came to the United States in 2000.

Its mission is to build a global network of dog behavioral therapists to enhance responsible dog ownership and reduce the possibility of maltreatment, abandonment and euthanasia of companion dogs.

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