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The Collier County Board of Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees

The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee currently has two vacancies, one for a term that will expireon October 1, 2013 for which the member will represent “labor active in home building” and one for an alternate member with a term to expire on October 1, 2013. One of these applicants must be a resident of Immokalee. This is an 11-member committee created by Ordinance 91?65 as amended to monitor the implementation of the Affordable Housing Task Force’s recommendations, and the goals, objectives, and policies of the Housing Elements of the County’s Growth Management Plan and the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Terms are three years. The Black Affairs Advisory Board has ... Read More »

Marco Island Center for the Arts Hires New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Marco Island Center for the Arts, home of the Art League, announces that Lynn M. Holley has been hired as their new Executive Director. Holley recently moved to the Naples area from Santa Barbara, California, where she was the curator and gallery director at the Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center. She is an independent art consultant to national and international artists and collectors, and a freelance journalist and writer of essays and art reviews. Holley is also the co-founder of the Fine Arts Film Festival, which premiered in California in 2010. “It is my honor to lead ... Read More »

On Memorial Day We Talk The Talk. Now We Must Walk The Walk

A Guest Commentary by Joe Batte By now we have all had the opportunity to pay our respects to all our fallen military heroes this past Memorial Day. As Veterans, this is a sacred bond amongst us. As Americans, it’s the price we pay for our freedom. Most of us will rarely meet the wounded or widows of our armed forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, but if we do we most likely feel we should be doing something other than just saying thank you. So let me share an idea that will demonstrate our deep appreciation for our fallen veterans. ... Read More »

Agencies Test Worst-Case Scenario at Marco Schools

By Danielle Dodder “It was creepy,” describes Captain Dave Baer as he developed a school violence training scenario that turned into a prophetic one. Four days before multiple area agencies converged on the Tommie Barfield/MICMS campuses to play out a response to a father resolving a custody dispute by trying to forcibly remove his children from school, the tragically real version happened at High Springs Community School in Alachua County, Florida. Voted the ‘Friendliest Small Town’ in Florida, High Springs has a population of about 5,000 and draws tourists to its high-end outdoor recreation. On May 18, a 63 year- ... Read More »

Road Closure of Yellowbird & Bluebird

Visit the link below to read this on our website. N Collier Blvd Drainage Phase 3 Posted Date: 5/20/2011 To facilitate the installation of this large storm drain project, it will be necessary to create a day-time detour and closure of Yellowbird and Bluebird. This road closure and day-time detour will be in place from May 24th, until June 6th or sooner if the work is completed. The day-time closure will be allowed from 7 am to 7 pm. The detour will not be in place over the weekends. Suggested detour routes for northbound Yellowbird to Collier Blvd. will be shown on Fruitland, Nassau ... Read More »

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

Orlando, Fla., May 6, 2011 — SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment today announced the launch of “Turtle: The Incredible Journey,” a family documentary directed by National Geographic Explorer’s Nick Stringer. The film will be distributed in partnership with Hannover House by SeaWorld’s newly formed SeaWorld Pictures division. Hannover House is the entertainment unit of Target Development Group (Pinksheets: TDGI). Turtle: The Incredible Journey is an award-winning film that follows the life and migration of a loggerhead turtle from hatching to maturity and a return to its original Florida nesting grounds. The loggerhead turtle, a threatened species, has one of the longest ... Read More »

The Greater Marco Family YMCA this Summer

The Greater Marco Family YMCA reminds kids and adults about the importance of swim lessons, water safety and the health benefits of swimming Marco Island, Florida May 9, 2011 – For kids and adults looking to escape the hot sun this summer, the Greater Marco Family YMCA invites the community to come swim at the Y. At the Y, there are a variety of programs that help swimmers learn water safety skills, develop confidence in and around the water and enjoy the benefits of water exercise. “Swimming is a fun and enjoyable activity for children and adults alike, and it ... Read More »

Paradise Coast Tourism Star Awards

9th Annual Paradise Coast Tourism Star Awards Ceremony Honors Top Performing Tourism Employees Collier County’s top tourism stars were honored with Paradise Coast Tourism Star Awards at the ninth annual Collier County Tourism Week celebration and luncheon today at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa, with over 200 people in attendance from the area’s tourism industry. The event takes place every year to coincide with National Tourism Week. “This year’s theme is Celebrate the Stars of Our Success, said Jack Wert, executive director for the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). “This past ... Read More »

Four Unforgettable Nights – One Remarkable Series!

Naples Town Hall is pleased to announce “A Conversation with Glenn Beck,” Saturday, January 7, 2012. Join us for a revealing evening of unique insight into the heart and mind of iconic figure, Glenn Beck as he engages in intimate dialogue with friend and best-selling author Eric Metaxas. If you have not already subscribed to the 2012 Naples Town Hall Speaker series, sign up now before tickets sell-out. The 2011 season sold-out early and many potential subscribers missed the opportunity to participate in our historic season. We don’t want this to happen to you! Please visit our website at ... Read More »

Conservancy of Southwest Florida

  What matters most is the faith the community has in the Conservancy to use those dollars to support and protect our quality of life future for generations.” To support the core programs and mission of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, endowments for policy, education, science and research ensure support for ongoing and future programs and resources. “Funding to support ongoing programs and the people who drive the work advances a higher quality of life for the region and is critical to the Conservancy mission,” adds von Arx. “It allows the Conservancy to recruit the brightest people to protect our ... Read More »

Goldenrod Sewer Construction

Bald Eagle Drive Traffic Impacts BALD EAGLE DR is scheduled for Sewer Construction beginning on or shortly after Thursday, May 12th.  There will be three segments of construction: 1) Goldenrod to Yellowbird, 2) Yellowbird to Samoa, and 3) Goldenrod to Hartley. The work zone will include both the Southbound lane and the Left Turn lane (where it exists).  ALL traffic will be restricted to ONE LANE alternating in both directions, using the northbound lane. Construction will begin at Goldenrod Ave (in the southbound lane) and proceed south to Yellowbird St. This will be followed by construction between Yellowbird and Samoa, ... Read More »

LCEC customers can say goodbye paper, hello green!

May 4, 2011 – North Fort Myers – LCEC recently added new functionality allowing customer to go green by turning off their paper bills through the LCEC website. Once enrolled in the program, customers receive a monthly e-mail notification when their bill is due and have the option of paying with a multitude of payment options. Enrollment available at and click on Account Access and Paperless Billing on the home page. The environmental benefits of paperless billing are: reduce pounds of paper every month = trees saved minimize greenhouse gases reduce wastewater from paper production decrease gas used to ... Read More »

McDonald’s® Newest Addition

Introducing McDonald’s® Newest Addition to the McCafé® Line of Beverages – McCafé Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Southwest Florida consumers can win free Frozen Strawberry Lemonade all summer long by finding giant cups of the new menu item hidden throughout the area Today, customers can visit McDonald’s® restaurants in Southwest Florida and across the country to experience the newest blended ice beverage on the McCafé® menu – Frozen Strawberry Lemonade. McCafé Frozen Strawberry Lemonade is a unique twist on an old favorite, combining tart frozen lemonade with a sweet strawberry syrup swirl. “We believe that McCafé Frozen Strawberry Lemonade will cater to ... Read More »

Cancer Treatment

First use worldwide of the recently FDA approved Varian “Capri” High Dose Radiation Cancer Treatment Fort Myers, Florida – 5 May 2011 – Premiere Radiation Oncology marks a historic day for cancer treatment not only here in Southwest Florida but worldwide. Premiere Radiation Oncology, the newest and most technologically advanced radiation oncology treatment center in Southwest Florida has performed a High Dose Radiation (HDR) treatment with the recently FDA approved “Capri” Brachytherapy applicator from Varian. This therapy is designed to increase patient comfort and allows clinicians to better direct the radiotherapy dose to the cancerous region. The term Brachytherapy simply ... Read More »

The Marco Players Theater

Marco Island, FL – The Marco Players Theater is announcing the 2011-2012 season. This season includes four fabulous, heartwarming productions. “Chapter Two” by Neil Simon. This comedy was released in 1979, and is like many of Neil Simon’s plays, an autobiographical story about his life. It tells the tale of George Schneider, a writer whose wife has just recently died. In the play, George’s brother Leo, a theatrical press agent and born matchmaker, tries to bring George out of his tailspin by supplying him with mostly unwanted dates. Enter Jennie Malone, who is a spirited, happy woman who spends her ... Read More »


Marco Island, Florida  – Raymond James Financial has been ranked among the world’s most admired companies, according to a survey published in the March 21 edition of Fortune magazine. Raymond James Financial is the parent company of the broker/dealer with which Darcie Guerin, Financial Advisor, WMS at 606 Bald Eagle Drive Suite 401 Marco Island, FL 34145   is associated Raymond James & Associates, Inc. In a global survey that included companies in 32 countries, Raymond James is on the final list of 350 firms. The company ranked fourth among nine securities industry firms. Attributes judged included quality of management, ... Read More »

Centennial Bank Star Tellers

Marathon, FL, Friday, May 6, 2011: Centennial Bank congratulates Justine Townsend and Laura Castro of the Marco Island branch for earning the Centennial Bank Star Teller award. “The Star Teller program sets the bar in regards to the quality of service we wish to see from our employees,” states Teresa Condas, President of Centennial Bank’s Florida Region. “Justine and Laura deserve recognition for their dedication and attention to detail.” In appreciation of the challenges tellers have in providing best-in-class customer service, Centennial Bank designed the Star Teller Program, a monthly recognition program that showcases the importance of error-free work. Tellers ... Read More »

MICMS Athletic Awards

Marco Island Charter Middle School held its annual Student Athletic Awards ceremony in the school’s gymnasium recently.   Roger Raymond, Athletic Director and Coach was the Master of Ceremonies.   The year brought home several new Sunshine State Athletic Championship banners which will hang proudly in the gym.  Roger mentioned “Marco Island Charter Middle School offers a wonderful mix of great coaches and great administrators!”   There was a twist in the ceremony when several students arrived on stage to honor Roger for his accomplishments at the school in just a few short years.   Each read lines of a ... Read More »

Water Conundrum: When using less is running the system dry

By Danielle Dodder Negative elasticity of demand is a complicated way of saying that the more something costs, the less consumers will use it.  It was the leading concern expressed by councilman Bill Trotter at the May 12 meeting to asses city water rates. Complicated is also an apt description of the new cost of service study, termed by the consultant himself as a convoluted way of getting to reasonable water rates for the island. As consultants study a way to create a cost structure for city water bills, South Florida itself is mired in especially vicious drought conditions. From ... Read More »