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Feds Feed Families Food Drive

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By Laurie Harris,  Public Affairs Officer  Since 2009, when the U.S. Coast Guard began participating in the Feds Feed Families food drive, nearly 57.2 million pounds of food has been collected; more than 17.9 million pounds last year alone. The Feds Feeding Families was designed to help food pantries stock up during the slow summer months when donations are usually down. This is particularly true on Marco Island when season comes to a close, and many jobs are eliminated during the summer. To support the Coast Guard’s 8th Annual Feds Feed Families campaign, the Marco Island U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary ... Read More »

ENMA Networking Event

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The East Naples Merchants Association (ENMA) holds networking events on the second Thursday of the month.  On August 11th the gathering was held at Sam Snead’s Oak Grill and Tavern at Lely. The atmosphere was fitting for the fine buffet Sam Snead’s presented for the 50 or so members and guests in attendance. After networking time, the restaurant’s General Manager Scott Casselberry welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming. Members of the board were introduced and guests were invited to say a few words about their business. If you would like more information on becoming ... Read More »

Iowa Hills Challenge 20,000 Riders

Start: Glenwood, Iowa with Team Lamb: (From left) John Lamb, 69, Charles Lamb, 72, Thomas Lamb, 24, and Bruce Lamb, 67. Submitted Photos

Submitted An ESPN sportswriter, Rick Reilly once wrote, “Iowa is so flat you can watch a train pull out for three days.” To flatlanders, a hill is an interstate overpass. But it is a myth that Iowa is flat. Each year, twenty thousand cyclists come from all over the world to Iowa to be part of the longest, oldest and largest recreational touring bicycle event in the world. This is not a race, but a non-competitive ride with all levels of riders represented; from Tour de France veterans to unseasoned riders, and plenty in between. Each rider who has done ... Read More »

Ballo Boards Around Marco

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Terri and Nick’s father Rich, are by his side on the campaign trail.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It seemed like a scene from “Back to the Future” with Michael J. Fox flying along on a hoverboard, but it was really Nick Ballo, a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives #106. He was going door-to-door campaigning using his hoverboard. Ballo is stepson to Terri (Barone) Ballo, a past Marco Island city councilwoman. Nick at 27 years old points out Marco Rubio was his age when he started his political career. Nick said, “This district needs a true conservative. I grew up here, I know the citizens, the area and the issues.” Read More »

Minto Communities Wins Ten Awards

Minto’s two-story, 23,000 square-foot Harbour Isle Beach Club presents luxurious amenities including resort-style pool and state-of-the-art fitness center. Wrap-around windows and glass doors open to views of Anna Maria Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway. Submitted Photo

Submitted Minto Communities was recognized with ten awards at the 2016 Southeast Building Conference presented by the Southeast Building Council (SEBC) in Orlando on July 29. Minto’s Grand Aurora Awards include Best Single Family home in the 2,500-2,999-square-foot category for the Mansfield model at Laureate Park at Lake Nona in Orlando, and Best Interior Merchandising Condominium in the under $1 million category for the Mariner model at Marina Walk at Harbour Isle in Bradenton. Five Aurora Awards went to Minto for the Beach Club at Harbour Isle in Bradenton for Best Recreational Facility, the Mariner model in Marina Walk at ... Read More »

Rays Down Gateway Charter 45-38

MIA football team is lined up and ready to go for its preseason game.

By Roger LaLonde When the Marco Island Academy defensive line stuffed the quarterback on the last two plays of the game, the Rays earned a hard-fought win over Fort Myers-Gateway Charter, 45-38 on Aug. 19. First-year coach Damon Coiro’s team was looking to shed its losing ways over its first four years. They did it in dramatic fashion as they rallied their way on offense and defense. Coiro ran onto the field to share a bear hug with Tyler Gresham who scored three touchdowns and made numerous plays on defense. Many of the players came off the field in tears ... Read More »

“Wear Your Wish Wednesday” social media campaign will benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

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Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida announces “Wear Your Wish Wednesday” — a social media campaign to take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. This day-long event is intended to celebrate thePower of a Wish®. Make-A-Wish staff and volunteers invite businesses, co-workers, classmates, schools, hospitals and individuals to think like wish child and dream of their own heartfelt wish, then dress accordingly to participate in “Wear Your WishWednesday.” There are four categories participants can use as inspiration: I wish to be; I wish to go; I wish to have; and I wish to meet. To join in the fun, participants are asked to post a photo of themselves on ... Read More »

Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) Receives 2016 Eagle Award

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August 2, 2016: The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE), announced recognition of the 2016 Eagle Award from the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials & Treasurers (IACREOT) for its Florida Certified Election Professionals (FCEP) program. The FCEP program is affiliated with the Florida Institute of Government and offers continuing education and certification programs for election officials with topics including voter registration, media relations and managing election workers. Since its development in 2007, FCEP has grown each year. Eighty-four election professionals have graduated from the program and are designated as “Master Florida Certified Elections Professionals (MFCEP).” “The ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement COLLIER COUNTY

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To improve communications between local stone crab fishermen and FWC, Lieutenant Mahoney arranged for a public question-and-answer session to address how we can continue to provide enforcement actions and address enforcement issues from the past season. They also discussed how the overall stone crab fishery is viewed by the fishermen. During the meeting, fourteen law enforcement personnel attended, including two of our local partners with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, and six commercial stone crab fishermen. The fishermen commented on how impressed they were with the turnout from law enforcement, which demonstrates our willingness to be involved in furthering a ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY EXTENSION MASTER GARDENERS ARE HERE TO HELP

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Collier County is home to a variety of tropical flora, most of which can be cultivated in your own yard. Growing and maintaining healthy plants can often present challenges, especially if you are new to managing tropical foliage. The Collier County Extension Office has Master Gardeners to offer guidance on your horticultural endeavors. If you are having difficulty with your shrubs, don’t know what kind of insects are attacking your plants or if you are having any other plant problems, the Master Gardeners can help. Collier County Master Gardeners are trained and certified by the County Horticulture Agent. Each Master ... Read More »

PROPER TIRE DISPOSAL CAN REDUCE MOSQUITOES AND DISEASE

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Curbside Tire Collection Available to Residents   Mosquitoes that transmit Zika and Dengue fever only need a small amount of water to lay their eggs. Clearing your yard of items that can collect and hold water is the first step to warding off mosquitoes. Containers where rainwater can collect, such as bird baths, flower pots, pool covers and old tires, need to be dumped daily or put away. Collier County residents can get rid of unwanted tires free through the curbside collection program. Each month, residents may place up to four standard vehicle tires with an outer diameter up to 33 ... Read More »

Avow Foundation Charity Golf Tournament planned October 24th

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Proceeds support families touched by serious illness and loss. Golf lovers in southwest Florida have an opportunity to play for a cause this fall. The second annual Avow Open Charity Golf Tournament is planned on Monday, October 24 at the Audubon Country Club in Naples.  Funds raised through the event will support the non-profit palliative and hospice care services provided by Avow. Registration begins at 8 AM; shotgun start at 9 AM. The event is open to men and women and features a $25,000 hole-in-one prize and long drive golf pro on par 5. Player fee is $175 per person and includes lunch. Online registration is accepted ... Read More »

LIGHTHOUSE 7th ANNUAL SUMMER CAMP

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Another successful Lighthouse of Collier summer camp has come to a close and it was the best one yet! It was an incredible year for the camp with a total of 27 campers signed up, 40 volunteers- volunteering over 2,500 hours and tons of fun, laughs and memories! The 4 week camp was held at The Girl Scout House. Each week was themed and featured a field trip or two with age appropriate daily living skill activities that kept the campers busy. Besides the 4 week summer camp, Lighthouse of Collier also offers monthly children’s programs. Please call or visit ... Read More »

Naples Press Club Announces 2016-2017 Journalism Scholarship Recipients

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The Press Club is renewing NPC Terrence J. Miller $1,000 Journalism Scholarships for Collier County students Melissa Gomez (Lely HS 2014)-junior, University of Florida; and Eleanor “Ellie” Rushing (Naples HS 2015)-sophomore, Rollins College. Lauren Schoepfer (Barron Collier HS)-senior, University of Central Florida, is receiving an NPC $500 Journalism Scholarship. NPC Terrence J. Miller $1,000 Annual Renewable Journalism Scholarships were also awarded to Collier County students Tamica Jean-Charles (Naples HS 2016)-freshman, International University-Miami; and Jaynie Tice (Palmetto Ridge HS 2013)-senior, Florida Gulf Coast University. The NPC Endowed FGCU Foundation Journalism Scholarship was awarded to Vilsoir “Villy” Satine-senior, Florida Gulf Coast University. ... Read More »

EARLY VOTING

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Early Voting for the August 30 Primary Election can begin as early as August 15 in the State of Florida, and Early Voting dates, times and locations will vary depending on where voters are registered.   Collier County: August 20-27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily   Collier County Government Complex – 3311 Tamami Trail, Naples Everglades City Hall – 102 Copeland Avenue N, Everglades City Golden Gate Community Center – 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples Immokalee Community Park – 321 N First Street, Immokalee Library Headquarters – 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples Marco Island Library – 210 S Heathwood Drive, Marco Island Norris Center at Cambier Park ... Read More »

“Wear Your Wish Wednesday” social media campaign will benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

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Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida announces “Wear Your Wish Wednesday” — a social media campaign to take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. This day-long event is intended to celebrate thePower of a Wish®. Make-A-Wish staff and volunteers invite businesses, co-workers, classmates, schools, hospitals and individuals to think like wish child and dream of their own heartfelt wish, then dress accordingly to participate in “Wear Your WishWednesday.”  There are four categories participants can use as inspiration: I wish to be; I wish to go; I wish to have; and I wish to meet. To join in the fun, participants are asked to post a photo of themselves on ... Read More »

Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) Receives 2016 Eagle Award

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The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE), announced recognition of the 2016 Eagle Award from the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials & Treasurers (IACREOT) for its Florida Certified Election Professionals (FCEP) program. The FCEP program is affiliated with the Florida Institute of Government and offers continuing education and certification programs for election officials with topics including voter registration, media relations and managing election workers. Since its development in 2007, FCEP has grown each year. Eighty-four election professionals have graduated from the program and are designated as “Master Florida Certified Elections Professionals (MFCEP).” “The FCEP program was ... Read More »

An Olympic Experience

Flying out of the water at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Mercedes Farhat’s 100 meter breaststroke heat.

By Roger LaLonde  It has been eight years since Marco Island’s Mercedes Farhat stood on the starting block for her 100 breaststroke Olympic heat in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. A Lely High School graduate just two months before, Farhat was in a stratosphere of world-ranked competitors. As her heat race ended, all Farhat thought was, “I am not going to let that girl out touch me.” She didn’t. A top Florida high school swimmer, Farhat won her heat, but did not record a fast enough qualifying time to continue. Yet there were so many big-time moments for ... Read More »

Dying to Survive, Part I Coping with Heart Disease, Complacency, Indifference, and a Flawed Healthcare System

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By Roy Eaton Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Over 25 million Americans have the disease and over 600,000 will die each year. Approximately 700,000 will suffer a heart attack during the same time period and over 350,000 Americans will perish. The most common form of the malady is coronary heart disease, CHD, often referred to as arteriosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries. The most common subset of arteriosclerosis, is atherosclerosis, a narrowing of the vessels that supply blood to the muscles, lungs, and organs including the heart. If one is fortunate and ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Educators Honored at Meeting City Council moved quickly through a relatively light agenda on last Monday as they dealt with proclamations recognizing educational excellence at the Tommie Barfield Elementary School, the Marco Island Charter Middle School and the Marco Island Academy. Both Tommie Barfield and the Charter Middle School were presented with proclamations recognizing their “A” rating in the State of Florida and the Marco Island Academy was honored for being recognized by the Washington Post as being in the top 2% of High Performing Charter Schools within the nation. Staff members from all three ... Read More »