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COUNTY MANAGER ANNOUNCES SELECTION OF DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

County Manager Leo Ochs is pleased to announce that he has selected Bruce C. Register as the Director of Business and Economic Development. “Bruce was selected from a number of exemplary candidates, and we’re fortunate to add such an experienced individual to the County’s professional staff,” County Manager Ochs said.   “Having a director with Bruce’s credentials is crucial to accomplish the economic development goals of the Board of County Commissioners.” Mr. Register was selected for the position of Director of Business and Economic Development after a nationwide recruitment search. A native of Florida, Register comes to Collier County with an ... Read More »

CCSO-Trained Service Dog Presented To Family Of Paralyzed Girl

A 1-year-old golden retriever named Fosse marked the successful end to his training in the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s service dog program Thursday night at a ceremony where he was presented to the family of child who was paralyzed in a car crash. But Fosse will have to wait a few more days before he can leave the Collier County jail, where he has been training with female inmates since June, and settle into his permanent home in Lee County with 11-year-old Hannah Grant and her family. Hannah was unable to attend Thursday’s emotional ceremony at The Moorings Country Club. ... Read More »

Road Report for Collier County

This report is prepared by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to inform the public about upcoming road work in Southwest Florida. Below are the work schedule and lane closure locations for major state road projects. Motorists are urged to drive with courtesy, caution, common sense, and patience as they travel through construction areas. Speeding fines are doubled in work zones. As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state. If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money. State Roadways countywide: Maintenance permit project ... Read More »

SUN-N-FUN LAGOON OPENS FOR COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOLS WINTER HOLIDAY BREAK

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 6 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park will open up for the Collier County schools’ winter holiday break from Saturday, December 22, through Sunday, January 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The park will be closed December 25, Christmas Day. The park is offering a special discount for the winter holiday break for Collier County residents. Residents with a Florida driver’s license showing a Collier County address will receive $2 off any entry for those 48-inches or taller (normally $12). Individuals less than 48-inches tall enter for $5.50: children ... Read More »

Domestic Animal Services Funds Treatment for Adoptable, Heartworm-Positive Dogs

A new program, “All Hearts, No Worms” is underway at Collier County’s Domestic Animal Services (DAS) to treat and then find homes for adoptable, heartworm-positive dogs. DAS will fund heartworm treatment medication from the Donation Trust Fund, allowing the public to adopt and affordably treat their new pets at home. DAS is currently negotiating reduced prices for the administration of the heartworm treatment with local veterinarians. “This community partnership is giving these dogs a second chance at life, while minimizing the cost to the adopter,” said Amanda Townsend, DAS Director. Heartworms are a great threat to all dogs. It only ... Read More »

Senseless Acts of Violence, Kindness

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By Julia Barnett When I was a child, my parents weren’t afraid to send me to school. In fact, they let me and my siblings walk to school and back by ourselves every day. We got to go to summer camp and daycare, without fear of being kidnapped or shot down. Because mass shootings weren’t an issue when I was a kid. The fact is that I’m still a kid. I’m 21 years old and it’s a sad state of the world that everything has changed so quickly. In 2012, there have been at least six mass shootings in the ... Read More »

Marco Presbyterian Church Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

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Marco Presbyterian Church will host a 5 p.m., Dec. 24, traditional candlelight Christmas Eve service. The evening’s message “The Love of Jesus Shown: In His Supremacy” will focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Quiet room for infants and T-coil system for the hearing impaired available. The church is located on 875 West Elkcam Circle, Marco Island.  For information call the church at 394-8186 or go to marcochurch.com Read More »

Create A Smart911 Profile To Support Newtown

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Collier County Sheriff’s Office For the past six months Collier County residents have been using the Smart911 notification system to enhance the information available for first responders in an emergency situation. You can still sign up. And if you sign up now, Smart911 will make a $1 donation to the Sandy Hook Support Fund for every safety profile created across the country until the end of the year. The fund was established to honor the memory of those lost, as well as pay tribute to the 911 call takers and first responders who were called upon to respond to the ... Read More »

Lights of Love

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com We’ve been called the Griswold’s like it’s a bad thing!” Tim Smither of 548 North Barfield laughs as he shares the many comical stories that have developed due to his family’s extensive Christmas decorations over the years. Anything but hard to miss, the house at 548 North Barfield has become a tradition to visit by many and somewhat of an obsession for Tim and his mother’s significant other, Jerry Haas. What started with the purchase of a few wire deer with white lights on them by Tim and his mother, Linda Deppen, has turned into a ... Read More »

TBE tennis debate

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By Danielle Dodder For 20 years, an informal group of about 40 locals and snowbirds gathered at the tennis courts at Tommie Barfield Elementary, to play pickup tennis games at the last free public access courts on the island. Earlier this month the courts were closed after the city determined that needed repairs would be too costly. The group suddenly found cohesion in becoming the squeaky wheel. Over the summer, the City Parks and Recreation Committee raised the issue of the courts’ future with Community Affairs Director Bryan Milk. The committee was aware of the courts’ public use and voted ... Read More »

MIAAOR installation luncheon

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Marco Island’s Realtors were upbeat at their 37th Installation ceremony at Hideaway Beach Club on December 6th. It was almost as though the sunshine on the beach just outside the windows portended good things to come. Increasing sales and listings keyed the optimism as the real estate market continues recovering from a slump of several years buoyed them. Hideaway laid out a sumptuous buffet for 120 attendees, including seven past presidents and guests from associations throughout Collier and Lee Counties. George Percel emceed the event, and was joined by Association President Gerry Rosenblum in looking ... Read More »

Sandbar supports “Iron Man Sam”

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By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  “Sam is a nine-year old boy who goes to school, loves to play with his friends, rides his scooter, plays baseball, is into Legos and is a master WII gamer. He also is fighting for his life everyday against a vicious beast in his body; Neuroblastoma cancer. It’s a cancer that isn’t genetic, isn’t self prevented, and has no boundaries. It’s very rare and is known as the great masquerader. It usually presents itself as common childhood symptoms and by the time it is diagnosed it spreads throughout the body and is extremely hard to cure. ... Read More »

Morning Musicians entertain

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Tommie Barfield Elementary School’s Morning Musicians, led by music teacher Elizabeth Braren, entertained the Marco Island Women’s Club during their annual Holiday Luncheon. The children sang a number of Christmas favorites and paraded through the room to the delight of the women. After the performance, the Women’s Club arranged for the children to visit with Santa.  [imagebrowser id=147] Read More »

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: Why We Care

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By Lisa Honig, Unit Exec. Director American Cancer Society, Marco Island This is the first of an ongoing series of columns dedicated to informing the Mar­co Island community about The American Cancer Society, the nationwide commu­nity-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, sav­ing lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, ad­vocacy, and service. Our first installment will focus on the Unit Operating Board, a group of volun­teers who are leaders in the community and passionate about The American Can­cer Society. The role of the Unit Operat­ing Board is to ... Read More »

Pedestrian attacks cyclist on morning of Bridge Run

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On the morning of the 5K Bridge Run, Saturday, November 18th at approximately 9:45 AM, I was attacked by a pedestrian who effectively body-slammed me to the ground, using his left elbow and shoulder as assault weapons. I suffered a concussion, whiplash, and 23 other injuries ranging from contusions, bruising, abrasions and lacerations to muscle strains, sprains, and damaged nerves. I was taken by ambulance to Physician’s Regional where CT scans of my brain and neck were made, as were x-rays of my hand, elbow, and shoulder. Nothing was broken and there was no brain bleed or brain swelling to ... Read More »

Let it SNOW!

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A new Christmas Island Style tradition in the making is happening on Saturday, December 15 at Veter­an’s Community Park. ‘Snowmania’ is set to bring 40 tons of snow to the park, along with games, slides and Santa, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. “We wanted to do something special for kids,” explains Steve Stefanides, the chairperson behind Christmas Island Style. The organi­zation has been saving up for about five or six years. “It costs about $7,000: you’re bringing tractor trail­ers and chunks of ice to make the snow.” Christmas Island Style has planned for three piles of snow divided between ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Normally I don’t mention that I conduct about five tours a year spotlighting areas of the county some have never seen, but I thought this might be the right time. This coming year we have scheduled three tours so far, and a couple more are in the planning stages. The first is a visit to the Collier County Jail… from the right side of the bars. We only have so many people that can attend and the last time we held the tour we had to cut off reservations. The tour will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, January ... Read More »

THE BOYS OF SPRING

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By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net In 1971, Roger Kahn wrote a remarkable book titled “The Boys of Summer”. It was centered on my beloved Brooklyn Dodgers of the nineteen fifties, the team of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Carl Erskine, Gil Hodges and others. But, this wasn’t a baseball book; it was a book about life, community, small towns and big cities. That world has changed, and so have the folks who run baseball and play the game and live a world apart from us mere mortals. Back in the fifties spring training epitomized the renewal of ... Read More »

A season of “Joy”

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TO YOUR HEALTH  C. Scott Campbell  c.scottcampbell@hma.com The holiday season represents a renewed sense of personal reflection to many and a focus on joy and celebration to even more. A time when the media and public consciousness seems to center on the “joy” of the season as each of us finds ourselves emotionally moved by demonstrations of care and compassion— on television, at home, and in our communities. “Joy” seems to be everywhere. Though the concept of joy takes on a profoundly impactful meaning this time of year, the joy of serving the patient population is our very purpose at Physicians ... Read More »

Middle East – A powder keg…

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Beyond the Coast Events in the Middle East are heating up rapidly and will most probably be coming to a conclusion; one way or the other very soon. In order for the readers to connect the dots and make their own conclusions, I will list my interpretation of the latest events and the countries involved. SYRIA By far the most dangerous situation of all is playing out in Syria. Dictator Bashar Al-Assad is taking advantage of the rudderless and leaderless West and has been indiscriminately killing his own people for the last year or so. The latest news as of ... Read More »