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Donna Fiala An application for a TIGER VII Discretionary Planning grant application has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Collier Boulevard Corridor Improvement Project. This project, if awarded, will complete a 15 year, $200 million reconstruction effort to upgrade 15 miles of Collier Boulevard. The project will include construction of transportation infrastructure improvements along the Collier Boulevard corridor from Green Boulevard to I–75. The past growth, plus forecasted population growth, necessitates this expansion, and is planned to connect growing neighborhoods to the established commercial and employment areas. The project will not only expand Collier Boulevard, but ... Read More »

New Uniforms, New Vigor as Rays Football Team Begins Season

Marco Island Academy football gets into swing when the Rays travel to Tyler, Texas to play in a football weekend showcase on August 28.

By Roger Lalonde Heading into its fourth season, the Marco Island Academy Rays football team is looking to put major stings to its opponents. Coach Greg Fowler, in his second season, expects his team to be competitive in every game. Taking a page from the Naples and First Baptist Academy’s play books, they, too, will play an out-of-state team to open its season. And it won’t be home cooking. The Rays will travel to Bullard, Texas to play in the 2015 Brook Hill Football Classic. Game time 7:30 PM, on August 28. Their opponent, Edgewood, Texas High School. The Rays ... Read More »

Holiday Services at Jewish Congregation of Marco Island


Submitted Guest Rabbi John H. Spitzer, Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen, and Dr. Ron Doiron will lead the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island in song and prayer during this High Holy Day season. Rosh Hashanah services begin Sunday evening, September 13, 2015 at 8 PM and resume Monday morning, September 14, 2015 at 10 AM.  Tuesday morning, September 15, 2015 there will be a Tashlich service for those gathering at 10:30 AM at JCMI and proceeding to designated beach area for this ritual. Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 5:30 PM, there will be a Pre Kol Nidre dinner at DaVinci’s Restaurant, Marco ... Read More »

Historic Site #3 Mercantile Building 1117 Third Street South


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Naples’ first commercial building was constructed in 1919. The Naples Mercantile Building served as the first commissary offering food and general merchandise for the Naples area. This two-story wood frame structure, covered with stucco, now operates as a restaurant. In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, the Historic and Archaeological Preservation Board of Collier County produces a 28-page booklet featuring historic sites in Collier County. The 44 sites highlighted in the book are grouped together by proximity and shown on a locator map. ... Read More »

Leadership Marco: A Good Kind of Summer School

from left) Dianna Shearer – Independent Brokers Realty, Cathy Price McConville – Physician’s Regional Marco Island, Tracey Petricca – Coldwell Banker, Elisabeth Novakovich – Naples Daily News, Laura Schneider – Iberiabank.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The Leadership Marco Class of 2015 kicked off their session on July 29 with a morning scavenger hunt and evening reception at La Tavola. Spouses, friends, staff and alumni were in attendance to lend support to the 12 students for this year’s class. The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce puts it all together. Leadership Marco is in its 14th year and offers a variety of in-depth experiential sessions in such areas as: Health Care/Emergency Services – History – Hospitality/Tourism – Media – Education/Recreation – Culture/Real Estate – Law Enforcement – Government/Infrastructure/Transportation – Agriculture/Environment. Leadership Class of ... Read More »

Get Ready to Go Back to School at Marco Island Academy!


By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s almost that time of year again, as the summer comes to its end, and the teachers and students at Marco Island Academy are getting ready for a new academic year. MIA has announced that there will be seven new teachers this year: Sandi Castillo (English), Dorothy Chapman (Math), Lianna Fried (Performing Arts), Farrell Kellener (ESE/SWD), Gerry Miller (Science), Mariah Walther (Spanish) and Michael Weyrauch (History). Two new staff members are also joining the MIA team: Maegan Carr (Receptionist) and Elona Ruci (Comptroller). When school doors open in August, we will bring you more about ... Read More »

Naples Top City for Future Job Growth

Submitted Naples was named the top place in the United States for job growth, according to a report released July 29 by Moody’s Analytics. Naples is expected to see a 4.6 percent job growth through 2017, according to the report. Five other cities appear in the top 10, including Orlando at No. 4, Ocala at No. 5, Port St. Lucie at No. 9 and North Port at No. 10. “Five Florida metro areas with significant retiree populations rank among the 10 places with the fastest projected job growth over the next three years, according to forecasts from Moody’s Analytics. These ... Read More »

Building Permit Increase

Submitted Collier County’s Growth Management Department has seen a 46 percent increase in building permit applications between June 2014 and June 2015, according to the county’s latest figures. The county also had a nearly 19 percent increase in permit applications between May 2015 and June 2015, an increase of 816 permits. Collier County saw 4,303 permits applied for in June 2015, an increase of 1,362 permits from the 2,941 permits applied for in June 2014. Those 4,303 permits represent a 109 percent increase from the 2,057 permits applied for in June 2013. There were 311 permits issued for new construction ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Gears Up…

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Ask folks about what makes Christmas on Marco Island so special and chances are they will say the tree lighting, boat parade or street parade. These events, and more, are brought to the island by the volunteers who call themselves Christmas Island Style. Since 1987, Christmas Island Style has been organizing family friendly Christmas events on the island. In addition to the parades and tree lighting, they bring Santa Claus to the Shops of Marco and ice skating to the Veterans Community Park. In 2004, Steve “Stef” Stefanides took the lead of this group of ... Read More »

Time for Some Fun

Dr. James Bowen leaves Island Animal Hospital to Pursue His Many Interests By Don Manley Dr. James Bowen may have stepped away from the workaday world, but please don’t describe the move with the dreaded “R” word. “I don’t even like the word retirement,” said Bowen, until recently, the owner and veterinarian at the Island Animal Hospital. “How shall I put it? Working less.” Bowen has sold the practice and is moving on to enjoy his varied interests on an almost fulltime basis. But he’ll still keep his hand in the game as a “relief veterinarian” on Florida’s East Coast, ... Read More »

Donation to Shelter for Abused Women and Children

City of Marco Island employees “Give Back – Fill a Pack” initiative. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted On July 30, 2015, City of Marco Island employees, including the Police and Fire-Rescue Departments, donated 64 backpacks (all stocked with school supplies) to the Collier County Shelter for Abused Women and Children. We are especially proud to announce that we met our goal of surpassing last year’s donation of 60 backpacks. The Shelter, which provides services to Marco Island residents and visitors, assists more than 1,100 child victims and survivors of domestic violence annually through safety, intervention and direct support. This is the sixth year that City of Marco Island employees have conducted the “Give Back – Fill ... Read More »

The Family Approach is the Right Approach for the DeHanas Group

Chris, A.J. and Rachel 

By Don Manley An “All for one and one for all” approach to the real estate business has worked well for the DeHanases of Marco Island for nearly two decades. The DeHanas Group – comprised of Rachel, A.J. and Chris DeHanas – recently joined the island’s branch of Keller Williams Realty, moving from Re/Max Affinity Plus’ Marco office. Rachel DeHanas, mother-in-law to A.J. and grandmother to Chris, has been a realtor on the island since 2007. Rachel DeHanas said the arrangement offers a number of advantages. “You can give better service to people because you have two or three agents ... Read More »

Appreciation and Community at the Police Foundation Picnic

The annual Police Foundation Picnic on August 1 drew a crowd of police officers and their families, foundation members and volunteers. (left) Officer Ryan Montgomery and daughter Mary, age 8.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff An event like the Police Foundation’s Appreciation Picnic on Saturday, August 1, reminds us how lucky we are to live on Marco Island. The Marco Island Police Foundation’s Annual Police Department Appreciation Picnic brought together Marco Island’s finest and their families and Police Foundation members and volunteers. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church provided the setting for this community event. Most of the 127 people who RSVP’d attended, along with 15 Police Foundation volunteers who planned and worked the event so that the officers and their families could enjoy the day. Outside, Chief Al Schettino grilled hot ... Read More »

Kiwanis Summer Social Marco Style

Forty-five guests attended the Kiwanis Summer Social on August 1.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Kiwanis Summer Social on Saturday, August 1 brought together Kiwanis members and their spouses to socialize in Marco Island style. Marco Island Kiwanis members Bryan and Rondi Hauser organized the social event and acted as hosts. Rondi’s brother, also a Kiwanis International member, opened up his beautiful waterfront home to forty-five guests for the evening. Although billed as a “Pizza Party,” the guests each brought additional side dishes showing off their culinary talents. A birthday cake emerged and “Happy Birthday” was sung at the end of the evening to celebrate Ken Pagach’s birthday. Guests ... Read More »

Bike Safety at Camp Mackle

Officers teach bicycle safety to Camp Mackle campers.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Wednesday, July 29, Marco Island police officers George Guyer and Ryan Montgomery, along with school crossing guard Danielle Pisano, led Camp Mackle campers in bicycle safety training. Mindy Gordon, Recreation Manager for the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation, coordinates with the Marco Island Police Department to bring bicycle safety training to Camp Mackle campers. Mindy tells us that since 2009, the bicycle safety program has been an important part of the camp curriculum. Teaching was not limited to the classroom. The campers enjoyed an obstacle courses and a bike ride around the ... Read More »

Meet Heidi Waite – Rookery Bay Intern

The two-story Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers visitors a hands-on learning experience.

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Southwest Florida has an amazing coastal environment. From pine flatwoods to salt marsh, mudflat to nearshore waters, the diversity of plants and animals here is spectacular. While it is impossible to experience it all in person in a short time, a visit to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center’s two-story exhibit hall can provide a glimpse of the unique habitats found within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters. It also offers visitors a look at the world of research and restoration ongoing within the Reserve, a step back ... Read More »

Busy Beginning for Environmentalist Dana Dettmar


By Don Manley Coming to a community that has an appreciation for nature has been one of the pleasures of Dana Dettmar’s first few months as the City of Marco Island’s environmental specialist. “One thing I enjoy is when I come across citizens that are as concerned about the environment as I am,” said Dettmar. “It’s good to see that there are advocates out there. A lot of what I do is accomplished through the help of volunteers, and I appreciate the time that they donate to me and the city and the environment here on Marco.” Artificial reefs in ... Read More »

Marco Island Historical Museum Reveals Exhibition

Collier County artists create 2-D and 3-D  works as sculptures, paintings, jewelry, pottery, photographs, quilts and furniture to participate in this show. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) and the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) bring a unique show to the museum. The exhibit features Collier County artists who create 2-D and 3-D works, such as paintings, jewelry, photographs, and quilts. The art and craft of dimensional works relays stories flowing with form, function and beauty. The exhibition explores the traditions and techniques associated with the works on display, allowing visitors to learn about the creative process, as well as the artists’ inspirations for their works. Photographer Rob Eder uses digital media and prints images on materials such as ... Read More »

DEP Announces New Rookery Director


Submitted The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has announced Keith Laakkonen as the new southwest regional administrator for the Florida Coastal Office and director at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Laakkonen’s duties include managing the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, as well as the 12 aquatic preserves within the Florida Coastal Office’s southwest region. He will also coordinate with local, state and federal agencies on coastal management, listed species conservation, watershed management and environmental education and outreach. Laakkonen, a former DEP employee, returns to the department after seven years with the town of Fort Myers Beach, where he served as environmental sciences ... Read More »

Greusel Earns Rotary Unsung Hero Award

Bill Morris hands Craig Greusel the Unsung Hero Award,  Debra Shanahan watches. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently presented its Unsung Hero Award for Second Quarter, 2015 to Craig Greusel. Greusel is recognized for his service to the Marco Island community and placing “service above self “consistent with Rotary’s aspirations. Greusel works as a music teacher in Collier County Public Schools. He is music director at the Marco Island Lutheran Church. But, his real service is his years of volunteering as a music and arts coordinator, instructor and performer, especially to Island youth. He is also an annual participant in the Marco Island Easter Sunday sunrise service. In the ... Read More »