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E-Filing Option Now Available to the Public

Members of the public who wish to file their own court documents electronically, including new cases, may now do so using the Florida Courts E-filing portal, which handles the electronic filing of court documents statewide. The Florida Courts Technology Commission recently gave unanimous approval to allow pro se, or self- represented, litigants the use of the Florida Courts E-portal. Citizens must first register with the portal similar to an attorney, although no Florida Bar number is required. Also, when filing court documents, pro se filers must comply with Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420 which requires confidential information to be identified in any ... Read More »

Region’s Native American Past Highlighted in American Archeology Summer 2014 Issue

Southwest Florida Museum of History and other cultural resources featured  The Southwest Florida Museum of History is featured as part of an 8-page spread titled “On the Trail of Florida’s Indian Heritage” in the Summer 2014 issue of American Archaeologymagazine. The article tours sites from Tampa Bay to Southwest Florida. In this region, the Southwest Florida Museum of History’s exhibits on life during the Paleolithic Age, the Calusa and the Seminole are highlighted. The author also makes stops at Mound House, Mound Key and the Randell Research Center.   American Archaeology is the quarterly publication of the national Archaeological Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving archaeological sites discovered on ... Read More »

Help America’s Forests: Join the Arbor Day Foundation in July and 10 Trees Will Be Planted in High-Need National Forests

America’s forestland is a prized natural resource, and anyone can help plant trees in these vital areas by joining the Arbor Day Foundation this month. Through the Replanting Our National Forests campaign, the Arbor Day Foundation will honor each new member who joins in July by planting 10 trees in forests that have been devastated by wildfires, insects and disease. The cost for joining the Arbor Day Foundation is a $10 donation. America’s national forests face enormous challenges, including unprecedented wildfires that have left a backlog of more than one million acres in need of replanting. The Foundation has worked ... Read More »

SENSORY NIGHTS OFFERED AT GOLISANO CHILREN’S MUSEUM OF NAPLES

Sensory Night at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) is an engaging, interactive, and inspiring night to promote families playing, learning and dreaming together in a low-sensory museum experience. Held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 5-7pm, sensory night is intended for all individuals with sensory integration needs including people with autism.   According to Mary Fellenz, OTR/L, an Autism Specialist and owner of MF Therapy Group, “Sensations flow into the brain like streams flowing into a lake. Countless bits of sensory information enter our brain at every moment, not only from our eyes and ears, but also from ... Read More »

Collier Clerk Hits 5,000,000 Official Records

As of Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 9:31 am, the Clerk’s Recording Department had 5,000,000 official records in Collier County, according to Dwight E. Brock, Clerk of the Circuit Court. The one page instrument recorded as # 5,000,000 was a Notice of Commencement which provided public notice of an improvement planned for a piece of real property in the County, in accordance with Chapter 713 of the Florida Statutes.   Lee McCaskey of Florida Records Research was present on April 29, 1986 when the Clerk’s Office recorded instrument # 1,000,000.  Needless to say, a lot has changed since then, according ... Read More »

Bistro Soleil Recognized by BCC

Bistro Soleil and Petit Soleil Waste Reduction Award. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Bistro Soleil at The Olde Marco Inn and Petit Soleil recently were recognized by the Board of Collier County Commissioners for receiving a WRAP Award — Waste Reduction Awards Program — from the county’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Department. Owner Lisa Meurgue received a proclamation from District 1 Commissioner Donna Fiala, who congratulated her for her restaurants’ continued efforts to promote waste reduction, reuse and recycling and for sustaining the usable life of the Collier County Landfill. The WRAP Awards recognizes newly created and/or exceptional recycling efforts by businesses located in unincorporated Collier County ... Read More »

RESIDENTS FROM ACROSS THE STATE CREATE SUPPORT ORGANIZATION FOR AQUATIC PRESERVES

~The Aquatic Preserve Society is the first statewide organization for Florida’s 41 aquatic preserves~ A new statewide citizen support organization (CSO), the Aquatic Preserve Society, has been formed to promote the protection of Florida’s 41 aquatic preserves. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Office has long made use of the volunteerism and fundraising capabilities of citizen support organizations from around the state. These CSOs work in conjunction with regional staff to hold events and provide operational support throughout the year. “We are very excited to see how the Aquatic Preserve Society develops,” said Kevin Claridge of the Florida ... Read More »

Which Orchids Grow Well and How to Grow Them

Presented by Mac Rivenbark of Mac’s Orchids of Ft. Lauderdale Learn about growing great orchids! Orchid lovers are invited (no charge) to the Gulf Coast Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on July 17, 2014 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 from 6:30–8:30 pm. (Look for the tall steeples across from Sam’s Club on Immokalee Road.) Mac Rivenbark of Mac’s Orchids in Fort Lauderdale will talk about his passion for Asian species, and how those orchids thrive here in Florida. His presentation will include a travel log, showing the areas where the orchids originate. He will also bring ... Read More »

FWC provides guidance on enhanced boating safety legislation

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced changes that were made by the Florida Legislature and approved by the governor to divers-down flag requirements. House Bill 1049, by Rep. Raschein and Sen. Abruzzo, created an additional opportunity for divers to stay safe. Effective July 1, when in the water, they may display a buoy with a series of divers-down symbols as an alternative to the traditional divers-down flag. The buoy can be three or four-sided and must have a divers-down symbol of at least 12-by-12-inches displayed on each of the flat sides. Such a buoy should help divers, especially ... Read More »

T-Shirt Design Contest—Southeastern Guide Dogs 2015 Walkathon

Southeastern Guide Dogs announces a T-shirt design contest for its 2015 Walkathon, the charity’s biggest annual fundraiser of the year. The winning design will be worn by Walkathon participants, volunteers, and staff members at seven unique locations, and will be featured on Walkathon promotional items such as banners, signage, the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon website, Tervis tumblers, and more. Artists of any experience level are invited to submit original designs and concepts in a digital format, and the winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Southeastern Guide Dogs online gift shop. “Our dogs make a difference, and our ... Read More »

S4TL

Gage Wheeler, Christy Thorstenson, Diana Vickers and Jessica Simon speak to Rotary Club members. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Five young students entering into their senior year of high school were chosen by the Sunrise Rotary Club and the Noontime Rotary Club to attend a weeklong Students 4 Tomorrow’s Leaders (S4TL) program. The program was held at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Students from all over Central and South Florida converged on the campus, where past S4TL attendees greeted them as they arrived and divided them into groups. The students were housed on campus and had all meals there during the weeklong camp. Team building exercises and motivational speakers are presented throughout the week ... Read More »

‘Experience Nature’ with Tyler MacDonald

Tyler only uses two cameras. This camera for outdoor shots and another for underwater shots.

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to host “Experience Nature” a photographic exhibit from Tyler MacDonald, which runs July 1-Aug. 30. Marco’s own MacDonald will be exhibiting some of his latest photography at. At just 18 years old, MacDonald has already won numerous awards and national recognition for his work including second-place in the National Wildlife Federation’s annual photo contest. His passion for wildlife photography is evident in each and every photograph. Taking risks and spending hours waiting to capture the perfect image, MacDonald has encountered many venomous snakes, sat in trees and been suspended above water to ... Read More »

NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN CLOSURE TO COMPLETE ELEANOR AND NICHOLAS CHABRAJA VISITOR CENTER

Naples Botanical Garden will be closed Monday, June 2 to Thursday, October 23 2014 as we complete construction on the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center. During this time, large scale projects such as the completion of the center and three new gardens, the LaGrippe Orchid Garden, the Charismatic Garden and Kathryn’s Garden will be completed. These new gardens are designed by renowned Landscape architect Raymond Jungles. The Garden was awarded a $500,000 grant from the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, in support of the construction of the new Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center.  The Garden’s grant submission ranked number ... Read More »

Native Beauty on Display

The starting point at the MIHM native plant walk.

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com During the hustle and bustle of an average day, I wonder how often we notice just how amazing Southwest Florida is. I find when I take time to notice the natural beauty of my surroundings, I truly appreciate living here. The native animal and plant life that surrounds us is a fascinating mixture of beauty and strength. Mother Nature is wild, and taming her takes a special touch. The Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) has accepted her challenge, and has been busy cultivating an impressive exhibit featuring native plant life available around-the-clock for the enjoyment and ... Read More »

FIRST WATER QUALITY TEST RESULTS FROM COLLIER-HOGAN WELL SITE REVEALS NO EVIDENCE OF CONTAMINATION

~Results released less than a week after samples collected~ The first water quality test results have found thatgroundwater in Collier County has not been impacted by activities at the Collier-Hogan well. Today’s lab results have been shared with the Collier County Commission. So far, samples have been analyzed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for 142 of approximately 170 constituents, including chemicals injected into the Collier-Hogan well during the workover procedure. Of these 140 constituents that DEP’s laboratory analyzed, no groundwater contamination was detected. Only 13 constituents were measured at detectable levels, and all 13 are common constituents naturally present ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

Stock Signature homes is offering the move-in-ready Victoria Grande at Isla del Sol, an enclave of 34 custom estate homes located within the luxury, master-planned community. The Victoria Grande is a one-story plan offering 3,897 air-conditioned square feet and 5,706 total square feet. The home features a split floor plan with four bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths. The front entrance of the Victoria Grande provides a covered entry and foyer that lead to an adjoining living room and dining room. There also is a spacious family room just off the kitchen with breakfast area and wet bar. ... Read More »

Save the Date!

The famous Everglades Seafood Festival will be held in 2015 on the weekend of February 6/7/8 in historic Everglades City. This is a popular traditional event. People come from all over southern Florida to hear great live music, eat delicious seafood, and browse among the craft booths while the kiddies enjoy the carnival rides. The festival is organized by the Betterment Association of the Everglades Area, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit which donates to local causes. For information, see www.evergladesseafoodfestival.org or call (239) 695-2277 Read More »

Hodges University Hosts Workshop on Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competency for Business Growth

The Office of Diversity at Hodges University will host a day-long workshop on diversity, inclusion and cultural competency and how it can impact business growth.  The workshop will take place on July 26, beginning at 8:30 am, and will be held at the institution’s Naples campus. The workshop will cover topics such as diversity’s effect on consumer behavior and how businesses respond, creating a diverse and inclusive leadership team, and best practices that ensure success among a diverse team.  Guest speakers, panel discussions and break-out activities are also planned for the event. “Business leaders need to increase their ability to sense new ... Read More »

MIA Inaugural Summer Camp with an Environmental Twist

Dr. Richard Murphy (left), director of education for the Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Oceans Futures Society, gives students an outdoor lesson near Tigertail Beach.

By Noelle H. Lowery  noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The first-ever Ambassadors of the Environment Camp in Florida was a rousing success for the joint partnership between Marco Island Academy and Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society. It was a journey that began five years ago when MIA Founder and Chair Jane Watt discovered the Ambassadors of the Environment Program through the Ocean Futures Society and its director, Dr. Richard Murphy. Currently, the active, hands-on outdoor education program has locations in California, French Polynesia, Grand Cayman, St. Thomas, Hawaii, and Turks and Caicos. Many of the programs are affiliated with the Ritz-Carlton or a cruise ... Read More »

New Real Estate Agents Join John R. Wood Properties Marco Island Office

John R. Wood Properties is proud to announce the addition of the following new agents to its Marco Island Team. John R. Wood Properties welcomes… …Christopher Adams as licensed real estate agent and part of the Adams Real Estate Team. Originally from Chicago, Adams attended Northern Illinois University and studied accounting. Prior to joining the real estate industry in 1998 with Marco Beach Realty, he worked in the construction industry.  Adams is a current member of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, and volunteered as a coach for YMCA Youth Coaching and Charter Island Middle School from 1998 to 2009.  ... Read More »