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Wet Paint Shows the Love

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By Don Manley Wet Paint Live has been an annual fixture on the Marco Island art scene since 2008. But this year’s installment of the fundraiser is one that stands out for Sandi Riedemann, executive director of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. “It was beyond anybody’s expectations,” said Riedemann of the event, which blends plein (open) air painting with an evening cocktail party and live auction to benefit the chamber’s Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. At 15 select locations scattered around Marco and Goodland, local artists applied paint to canvas one day last week, capturing what was before their eyes, ... Read More »

Former Co-owner of The Precision Cut now at Skin Renewal Systems

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For over 30 years, Teresa DiFranco has impacted the beauty industry. From precision cuts, premium hair products and a determination to succeed, this Sicilian-born Stylist knows her creativity. Born in Casteltermini, Prov. Agrigento, Sicily she began her trade in Chicago Illinois at the age of 17 years old. DiFranco was also known as Cosmetology Sweetheart, earning her first place amongst her class, which was no easy task coming to the Unites States at the age of 13, where she learned English and rapidly rose through the beauty ranks by her own will and determination. Being an entrepreneur and having a ... Read More »

Early Collier County History

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Here’s a rare chance to hear about our early history. When the little farming village of Everglades suddenly became the county seat in 1923 after Collier County was established, Barron Collier attracted many talented and experienced people to help him administer his new regime. One was F. J. Frankenhoff who arrived from New York and started working for the new county, eventually becoming Chairman of the School Board. His granddaughter Lynn Pierce has delved into the family history and wrote about her mother, “growing up in Everglades was like paradise” despite the mosquitoes and remoteness. Lynn has even visited the original Collier home where her mother grew up. She will talk about what she discovered about this early county luminary and ... Read More »

JCMI BINGO

Maxine Sebes of Marco island was  the BIG winner at the Monday night Bingo game at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Sue Baum. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome! Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

Fiddler’s Creek announced that a large selection of move-in-ready homes is currently available in the villages of Amador and Mussorie located within the luxury, master-planned community. Offered by Taylor Morrison, Amador and Mussorie, with 16 and 54 single-family homes respectively, feature ornamental detailing amidst lush landscaping. Seven move-in-ready homes are available from three floor plans, ranging from 1,856 to 2,275 air-conditioned square feet. Each model offers a standard two-car garage with a three-car tandem garage available. The Piceno VII is a one-story residence, encompassing 1,856 air-conditioned square feet and 2,616 total square feet. The Piceno VII features an open floor plan ... Read More »

NAPLES ZOO

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is proud to present the Naples Zoo Speaker Series for February. Two extraordinary speakers are traveling to Naples, Fl to the Naples Zoo February 26th and 27th. Each speaker brings their knowledge and experience on two important issues in the world of Conservation, keeping a specific species from going endangered and the challenges and triumphs of the coffee industry as it ties to conservation. On February 26th, join us for Dr. Arnaud Desbie’s special presentation of the Giants of South America. Giant armadillos tip the scales at 110 pounds and stretch almost five feet long ... Read More »

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition and the bears of the Nature Coast

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is traversing the state and is now in The Nature Coast are of Florida which stretches from Tampa to Tallahassee. For the most part, the area lives up to its moniker, with several large stretches already under protection as wildlife refuges and water management areas. Even with so much bear habitat left along the Nature Coast, the Florida Black Bear hasn’t recolonized much of the land. Bears in the “Chass” population appear to be restricted to public lands west of the town of Crystal River, at the very southern extreme of the Nature Coast. Fifteen years ... Read More »

U.S. Navy Band’s Tour

America’s Navy is coming home to Naples, Florida, one of 32 cities in six states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2015 spring tour — one of the Navy’s signature outreach programs. The United States Navy Band, featuring both the Concert Band and Sea Chanters chorus, is scheduled to perform Feb. 28, 2015, 7 p.m. at the Cambier Park Bandshell, 755 Eighth Ave. South, Naples, FL 34102. The U.S. Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of America’s Navy, presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral works and modern wind ensemble repertoire. As the ... Read More »

Everglades Ultras race set for Feb. 21 in Fakahatchee

The fourth annual Everglades Ultras off-road-running race has been set for Saturday, February 21 in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.  Registration is now open for the event’s three distinct races of 25 kilometers, 50 kilometers and 50 miles.  The 50 mile and 50 kilometer races are the USA Track and Field – Florida Association state championships. This unique run through the Everglades has been cited by Trail Runner magazine as a “must do” race for 2015. “This is an amazing race venue,” says Race Director Bob Becker.  “Runners will experience all the varied environments in the Fakahatchee Preserve running on raised trails through cypress ... Read More »

FWC moving forward with comprehensive approach to reducing conflicts with bears

In response to rapidly increasing conflicts and several incidents where bears seriously injured people, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is building on its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management. At its Feb. 4 meeting in Jacksonville, the FWC approved a plan to move forward with a variety of tools to manage bears and help reduce human-bear conflicts. “Our multipronged approach focuses on maintaining bear populations at healthy levels while ensuring public safety,” said Commissioner Brian Yablonski. “However, this is not something we can do on our own. There has to be an element of getting the community ... Read More »

Marco Island Florist and Gifts is proud to host our “Wine Wednesday” Februray 25 th 3-5 with special guest MAGIC BY JOHN ROBERT

Tasty treats from Marco Islands very own “STONEWALLS fine food fast” “We use only the freshest ingredients and serve upscale food favorites” says owner Kim Burke, family owned and operated since 2012. STONEWALLS will join us to pair a food item with a wine choice from our world wide collection here at Marco Island Florist and Gifts We are also very pleased to announce a very special guest star MAGIC BY JOHN ROBERT. MAGIC, ILLUSIONS, & WORLD-CLASS SLEIGHT OF HAND. JOHN ROBERT from right here in sunny Naples, Florida. Magician John Robert provides jaw dropping magic and a professionalism at ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY MUSEUMS CELEBRATES 26th ANNUAL OLD FLORIDA FESTIVAL March 7-8, 2015

The one and only Collier County Museums Old Florida Festival returns for a limited engagement,Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Collier County Museum. The Friends of the Collier County Museum invites guests to step back in time and visit Florida through the ages. The annual family-style event, now in its 26th year, brings together more than 80 of the state’s finest historical reenactors, craft workers and living history performers to recreate ten centuries of daily life on the Southwest Florida frontier. This year’s festival features mounted Spanish Conquistadors and Calusa Indians, pioneers, pirates, Cracker Cowmen, soldier’s camps ... Read More »

SUN-N-FUN LAGOON INVITES YOU BACK FOR THE WINTER SEASON

SPEND PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKEND AT SUN-N-FUN LAGOON! Sun-N-Fun Lagoon will be open weekends February 14 –May 24 Sun-N-Fun Lagoon will be open on President’s Day, Monday, February 16 Sun-N-Fun Lagoon invites you back for the winter season. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends starting Saturday, Feb. 14. Come spend your weekend at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon. The park will also be open on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 16. Sun-n-Fun Lagoon features great attractions for water park enthusiasts of all ages. They include: A waterslide that drops into Sunny’s Lazy River Five water slides that take you to a drop ... Read More »

PARADE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Downtown Naples Saturday, March 14, 2015 9:30 am Lighthouse of Collier, in collaboration with American Comfort Limousines, invites you to attend and support Naples’ premier winter event — The 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, to be held on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 in Downtown Naples. Wear your yellow Lighthouse of Collier t-shirt and walk in the 1.8 mile parade to show how you support the community. All volunteers, sighted guides, guide dogs and white canes are welcomed. For non-walkers, limited seating is available on the American Comfort Limousines executive bus by RSVP to ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY LIBRARY TO HOST FIRST EVER AUTHOR AND BOOK FEST ONSATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21

The Collier County Public Library will honor our local authors at its first ever Author and Book Fest. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, Florida 34113. Join more than 30 local authors to discuss, celebrate and discover books for adults, children and teens. This is the perfect venue to meet local writers, purchase books and participate in several breakout sessions. Those sessions include: An 11 a.m. talk from local author D.K. Christi, who takes readers on a world tour from South Korea to ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY

-75 at CR 886/Golden Gate Parkway:  Construction project: Crews are widening the southbound-off ramp to include two dedicated right turn lanes, a shared right/left turn lane, and two dedicated left turn lanes.  The project also replaces traffic signals and resurfaces the intersection and ramp.  Work occurs during daytime and nighttime hours.  Motorists should expect lane closures during nighttime/overnight hours from 5:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.and during daytime hours from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Drivers should use caution traveling in this area.  Estimated completion is spring 2015.  The contractor is Wright Construction Group.   US 41 (Tamiami Trail East) from SR 951 to Greenway ... Read More »

FWC Division of Law Enforcement

COLLIER COUNTY Over a two day period, seven FWC Officers and a FWC Pilot, Dan Willman, spent approximately forty man-hours assisting Everglades National Park Rangers, the United States Coast Guard and the Collier County Sherriff’s Department with a search and rescue of a missing person involved in a vessel capsizing near Jewell Key.  As a result of everyone’s efforts, the deceased male victim was located and he was turned over to Everglades National Park Rangers for a return voyage to shore. Read More »

Frankenstein: A New Musical

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Submitted The Box Office is open and tickets are currently on sale for the upcoming production of Frankenstein: A New Musical…music by Mark Baron, book and lyrics by Jeffrey Jackson, original story adaptation by Gary P. Cohen, from a novel by Mary Shelley. The Island Theater Company presented the show last season, in partnership with Marco Lutheran Church, to sold out audiences and rave reviews. You won’t want to miss the encore production of Frankenstein: A New Musical. The cast will be joining together once again to raise funds for the ITC Kids Youth Program. If you missed the show, ... Read More »

Into Africa, Part One: Safari

Leopards are counted among the Big 5, the most dangerous South African animals: Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhinoceros, and Cape Buffalo.

By Carl and Joan Kelly Africa. Say the word. The mind begins to spin the images. Vast open expanses of grasslands covered by seemingly endless herds of wildebeest, impala, gazelle, zebra. Sleek, efficient predators, lion, cheetah. And elephants, majestic elephants. The culture and people, Zulu, Bushman. Africa. Now say safari. The mind reels with excitement and danger. That is how we approached our trip to South Africa last fall. It is what we expected. And South Africa did not disappoint. We began on safari. Each day we rose before sunrise, boarded a 10 passenger 4 by 4, and rode into ... Read More »

A Remembrance: the Traveling Vietnam Wall and the Freedom Fountain

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Over 270 bikers showed up to ride with the Traveling Vietnam Wall. There was an official escort of sheriff and police motorcycles, Vietnam Veterans, and the Marco Riders. Carmen Dasti assisted with registering riders at exit 131 in Fort Myers. All along I-75 and 951, exits and side streets were closed to allow the procession leading the Wall uninterrupted access to Marco Island. This official government owned Traveling Vietnam Wall was greeted by crowds on top of the Jolley Bridge before making its way to Veterans Park where it was installed for exhibit. Once at Veterans ... Read More »