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Learn to Paint Alla Prima

‘Beach Squadron’ by Hudson. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Spend a day at the Marco Island Center for the Arts with well-known, local oil painter Inez Hudson, learning to paint Alla Prima (Italian for at first attempt) or wet-on-wet, in layers, quickly and in one session. Hudson’s workshops will be held on June 18, July 16 and September 18, from 10 AM-3:30 PM. The cost is $96 for both members and nonmembers, and the workshop is appropriate for both adults and older teens of all experience levels. To get an up close look at Hudson’s work, visit the Historical Museum, where her work is currently on display. For ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: The Marriott – Scott Shigley


It might be time to take a deep breath and consider what can be done if the PUD amendment the Marriott is asking for is denied. From what I have read and heard if the amendment is turned down the following things can still take place without any further consideration from the city council: The Marriott can add the additional rooms they want The Marriott can add extra meeting space The Marriott can add extra parking The Marriott can add elevated stadium type lighting on the tennis courts The following things that the Marriott has offered to do if the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: The Marriott – Frank R. Recker


As a former Council member and President of the San Marco Residences Association, the commercial/residential building that abuts the Marriott parking lot on the South, I want to express both my personal support, and the support of our Association, for this project.  This is my first public comment on any issue since I left office in November 2012. I have quietly observed the multitude of issues that have confronted Council, from a distance.  It seems as though the present council acts as it should:  attempting to be objective, unbiased, cooperative, thoughtful and deliberative, almost to a fault, and not allowing ... Read More »

Generous Donation to MIHS


On April 17, 2014, Portrayer Bonnie Bozzo and Madeline Zorzi of Tropical T’s presented a check for $1,000 to Lori Wagor, MIHS Enterprise Manager.  This donation represents the proceeds from the hugely popular performance of “Catherine the Great” by Bonnie earlier this year. This is the third year in a row that Madeline and Bonnie have collaborated on this type of program.  They have donated the proceeds each year to the MIHS. We are extremely grateful for their time, talent and generosity to the Historical Society.  We look forward to another fabulous performance next season – we can hardly wait ... Read More »

Pair Goes Undefeated at USTA


Yvette Benarroch and Luis Benito won all 4 of their playoff matches this weekend (May 16-18) at the USTA 40+ Mixed Doubles 7.0 State/Sectional Championship held in Daytona Beach, Florida. The team from the Greater Marco Family YMCA was the winner of the Collier County region. In the Daytona Championships they won two of their four matches and did not advance to the finals. Andrea Washak is the captain and other members of the team who were present in Daytona were Darlene Roddy, Carrie Masci, Maria Hayden, George Hayden, Steve Schottland, Alan Zuckerman, Fritzi Holmes, Nat Holmes and John Sullivan. ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Announces Emerson


Fiddler’s Creek announces that construction is starting on the Emerson luxury home at Chiasso, a village of 59 single-family residences located within the luxury, master-planned community. The Emerson is a two-story floor plan, encompassing 3,522 air-conditioned square feet and 4,666 total square feet. The home has three bedrooms, three full baths and one half bath, plus a second floor loft with morning bar that could be utilized for a home entertainment theater. Located just off Collier Boulevard between Naples and Marco Island, Fiddler’s Creek is an award-winning community. For membership details and more information on this gated golf course community in Naples, offering ... Read More »

Students Attend Networking Reception


The Immokalee Foundation students gained valuable insight from local business leaders during the organization’s third annual networking reception at the Hilton Naples. The workshop provided 30 high school juniors and seniors in TIF’s Career Development Program the opportunity to interact with some of the area’s top business leaders, sharing their goals, ambitions and how they plan to achieve their life vision. The business executives offered valuable insight about their own experiences and provided real-life lessons important in helping students prepare for their own transition to college and beyond. To learn more about TIF, volunteering as a mentor or for additional ... Read More »

Marco Y Tennis Player Takes Top Spot


The “Clay in May” 45th Annual City of Naples Tennis Championship Tournament was held throughout the month of May and a Marco Island resident and Greater Marco Family YMCA member finished in the top spot of Combined 6.5 Women’s Tennis Doubles. Over 100 competitors competed in the Intermediate and Advanced skill level competition and Marco Y member Yvette Benarroch along with her partner Corey Stranger finished in First Place. The non-sanctioned USTA Tennis Tournament is considered to be one of the prestige Tennis Tournaments in the area and Gladyvette stated it was a fun tournament to participate in and she ... Read More »

New Principal for Saint Ann Catholic School


Saint Ann Catholic School in Naples is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Gina Groch as Principal of Saint Ann School effective July 1, 2014. Mrs. Groch, originally from Philadelphia and a resident of Naples, has served as an educator in the Diocese of Venice since 1996, both as Acting Principal and Assistant Principal at Saint Elizabeth Seton here in Naples and as Principal of Saint Charles Borromeo in Port Mrs. Groch earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Temple University in Business Administration with an emphasis in Computer Science and Marketing and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration ... Read More »

Mailing Begins for Absentee Ballots

On Wednesday, May 21, the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office sent its first mailing of mail/absentee ballots to domestic non-uniformed voters for the upcoming Special General Election for US Congressional District 19. Voters may submit requests online at under the “Vote by Mail” tab.  Requests can also be made by calling the Supervisor of Elections Office at (239) 252-VOTE. By law, mail/absentee ballots cannot be forwarded and can only be delivered to the address on file with the Supervisor of Elections Office. The deadline for voters to request a ballot to be delivered by mail for this election is 5:00 p.m. ... Read More »

Gulf Recreational Red Snapper Season Opens

The recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters opened Saturday, May 24, and will remain open through July 14, a total of 52 days, closing July 15. The federal season will be 9 days, starting June 1 and remaining open through June 9, closingJune 10. Florida state waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters extend from where state waters end, out to about 200 nautical miles. The daily bag limit for red snapper will remain 2 per person in Gulf state and federal waters. The minimum size limit is 16 inches total length. There is a zero daily ... Read More »

Collier Museums Commemorate D-Day 70th Anniversary

Collier County Museums, in conjunction with the Museum of Military Memorabilia and the Friends of the Collier County Museums, commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, one of the most important historical events of the 20th century.  The ceremony will take place on June 7th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Naples Depot Museum and will honor all those who fought on the beaches of Normandy, featuring guest speakers, reenactors, and military vehicles.  Additionally, a special exhibit will pay tribute to the noble Allied men and women who braved the Atlantic Wall in an attempt to free Europe from the scourge of fascism. Admission ... Read More »

DEP Works to Reduce Pollutants in Caloosahatchee

The Department of Environmental Protection conducted a public workshop to discuss restoration goals for 12 tributaries that drain into the Caloosahatchee River. These restoration goals define the amount of identified pollutants that may be present for the water bodies to be considered healthy; the restoration goals are referred to as total maximum daily loads, or TMDLs. At the meeting, DEP presented information and engaged stakeholders about the Caloosahatchee tributaries’ nutrient loads and provided updates from the last workshop. The department also presented information concerning water-quality model simulation, calibration efforts and the overall approach. The Caloosahatchee River was originally a shallow, meandering ... Read More »

Junebug Fire Update

The Junebug Fire was discovered May 24, north of interstate 75, between mile marker 57 & 58. The fire is estimated at 700 acres, zero percent contained. Cause of the fire is still to be determined. Extensive local resources are engaged, including personnel from Everglades National Park and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, please use the following address:   Read More »

Win for Southwest Florida’s Land, Water, Wildlife and Future

The Board of Collier County Commissioners voted unanimously to legally challenge the consent agreement between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Dan A. Hughes Company. This action is related to the illegal and fracking-like oil extraction techniques the Hughes Company recently performed at their Hogan Island drill site. Following the Collier County Commission’s unanimous vote on April 22 to request DEP revoke oil drilling permit provided to the Dan A. Hugh’s company for a well near Hogan Island, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida retained legal counsel and a technical expert to begin gathering information in an effort ... Read More »

Home Watch Seminars

A great real estate season has led to a high demand for additional home watch companies in Southwest Florida this season. “Local law enforcement and area experts agree that seasonal residents should not give their keys to just anyone,” said Diane Pisani, founder of Your Home Watch Professionals® (YHWP). For the seasonal resident, YHWP is a resource to find an Affiliate Home Watch Companies that are trained, tested and trusted by visiting and entering a zip code. For individuals interested in pursuing the home watch profession, YHWP will be conducting free Home Watch Informational Seminars on Thursday, May 29 at ... Read More »

FWC 2013 Boating Accident Stats

Sixty-two people lost their lives in Florida last year in boating accidents, and there have already been 11 deaths so far this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which has released its 2013 Boating Accident Statistical Report. The theme of accident-related messages from FWC staff is clear: Officers want to help keep Florida’s beautiful waterways a safe place to boat. Failing to have a proper lookout is a leading cause of boating accidents, statistics show. The 2013 Boating Accident Statistical Report is now available online at; click on “Boating Accidents.”   Read More »

2014 Annual ORV Closure

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 2, the regularly scheduled 60-day ORV closure for management units within the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will be implemented. This closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. The Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan calls for a 60-day seasonal closure to allow a period free from resource pressures related to ORV use. The ORV closure within Big Cypress National Preserve was first instituted in 2002. For information on other closures within the national preserve go to - Read More »

Sea Turtle Season is Here

Sea turtle nesting has begun in Florida and will continue through the end of October. The Sunshine State accounts for 90 percent of sea turtle nests in the continental United States and five of the world’s seven beach-nesting species of sea turtles, including the loggerhead, green turtle, leatherback, hawksbill and the rarest and most endangered sea turtle – the Kemp’s ridley. Report sightings to 1-800-404-FWCC. Workers and volunteers can mark off the area to help prevent inadvertent damage; and if you spot a stranded or trapped female turtle call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-800-404-FWCC. Read More »

Art of the Swamp at Big Cypress

Even during the humid months of summer there is much to see and do at Big Cypress National Preserve. Throughout 2014 we’ll be showcasing stunning works of art from a number of Artists-In-Residence who were inspired by the beauty of America’s first national preserve. The Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center is located at 33000 Tamiami Trail East and the Oasis Visitor Center is at 52105 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141. Both centers are open daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exhibits include, from May through July, “Voices of Big Cypress” a collection of captivating art from a variety of former ... Read More »