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Evening of Vision – Under the Stars

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is pleased to announce its inaugural gala “Evening of Vision – Under the Stars, will be held Friday evening, January 22, 2016 at Bascom Palmer’s new, landmark eye center in Naples. “Bascom Palmer’s gala is an exciting new event for the Naples social season,” says Alan R. Korest, gala honorary chair. “More importantly, the gala raises significant funds for vision health and patient care in our community.” More than 250 people are expected to attend the gala that will include a cocktail reception, building tours, gourmet dining, dancing and auction.  Entertainment ... Read More »

Magic Under the Mangroves™ gala fundraiser set for March 3 at Conservancy of Southwest Florida

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will host the 12thannual Magic Under the Mangroves™ gala dinner and auction fundraiser on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. Presented by Northern Trust, the Magic Under the Mangroves™ fundraiser is a recognition of the continuing importance of protecting the natural environment and quality of life in Southwest Florida, and is a key source of revenue for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. All proceeds from the fundraiser support the Conservancy’s mission to protect our water, land, wildlife and future. “Magic Under the Mangroves™ has become one of the ... Read More »

NATIONAL FOOD MANUFACTURING BUSINESS TO INVEST $10 MILLION IN COLLIER, CREATE AT LEAST 250 JOBS

Five Star Gourmet Foods of Florida, a California-based pre-prepared food manufacturing operation, announced plans to invest approximately $10 million in Collier County and create at least 250 production-related job opportunities for Collier County citizens. The Collier County Board of Collier County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously welcomed the company and approved Five Star as the first applicant to the County’s Basic Industry Growth Incentive Program as an inducement for the project. Five Star officials, planning for the expansion of its national specialty food manufacturing operation to the Eastern Seaboard from the West Coast have determined Collier County and Florida are best ... Read More »

National Food Manufacturing Business to Invest $10 Million in Collier, Create At Least 250 Jobs

Five Star Gourmet Foods of Florida, a California-based pre-prepared food manufacturing operation, announced plans to invest approximately $10 million in Collier County and create at least 250 production-related job opportunities for Collier County citizens. The Collier County Board of Collier County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously welcomed the company and approved Five Star as the first applicant to the County’s Basic Industry Growth Incentive Program as an inducement for the project. Five Star officials, planning for the expansion of its national specialty food manufacturing operation to the Eastern Seaboard from the West Coast have determined Collier County and Florida are best ... Read More »

COLLIER COMMISSIONERS APPROVE COMBAT WOUNDED PARKING SIGNS AT COUNTY FACILITIES

The Board of Collier County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved Commissioner Georgia Hiller’s proposal to participate in the Combat Wounded Parking Sign Program at county facilities. There are an estimated 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients, combat wounded service members who have transitioned back into civilian life. Because of amazing advancements in battlefield medicine and the widespread use of body armor, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving what would otherwise be fatal wounds. Under the Board’s direction, the County’s Facilities Division will conduct a pilot program and install these signs at the Collier County Government Center, the North Collier ... Read More »

New Local Business Wants to Personally Teach You Technology

Today, 1 on 1 Lessons, a new local business specializing in teaching individuals how to use iPhones and iPads, announced its official launch for Naples and Southwest Florida. 1 on 1 Lessons offers a personalized educational service to all ages for anyone who wants to learn more about technology. Lessons are offered in-home or at location of your choice and each lesson is unique to your needs and your devices including smartphones, tablets, computers, readers, and more. Excited to help our great community, owner James McQuillin said “I absolutely love the excitement I see in someone’s face when they learn ... Read More »

FWC ‘releases’ snakes throughout Florida as part of 2016 Python Challenge™

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is conducting a Virtual Snake Finding Mission, “releasing” toy snakes near popular Florida landmarks in an effort to raise awareness about nonnative species in Florida. The search for the toy snakes ? which are superimposed on pictures of Florida landmarks  ? is part of the 2016 Python Challenge™. The project allows people from all over the world to be part of this effort to reduce the negative impacts of nonnative species. Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 8, people can visit Facebook.com/MyFWC for a clue to where one of the brightly-colored toy snakes is virtually hiding. The ... Read More »

Friends of Foster Children Forever (FFCF) is partnering with Naples Auto Donation Center (NADC) for an “Auto Roundup”

Friends of Foster Children Forever (FFCF) is partnering with Naples Auto Donation Center (NADC) in an “Auto Roundup” campaign this season. The Roundup will help raise funds for much needed academic mentoring programs provided by FFCF for foster children in Southwest Florida. NADC will accept donated cars on behalf of FFCF and then clean them up and sell them. If a donor wants to only donate half the value of their car, NADC can facilitate that too. It’s all part of a four-month campaign concluding with the annual FFCF western-style Boots and Boogie Bash fundraiser which will be held on April ... Read More »

Santa’s First Stop

Kiwanis members joined by Santa and  Mrs. Claus distributed toys at Manatee Elementary School. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Santa and Mrs. Claus paid a visit to Manatee Elementary School on December 15, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. That day, eight hundred pre-k through fifth grade children received Christmas gifts. Kiwanis had worked hard all year to fundraise and purchase the gifts for the kids, some of whom will not receive anything else this Christmas. The joy was seen on the young faces, lined up and waiting eagerly to meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Some were bursting to tell Santa they had been good, others hugged Mrs. Claus sweetly. “Thank ... Read More »

Cooking With Long Time Marco Resident Marion Nicolay

Marion stirs the onions on her specially made stove. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Marion Nicolay has been living on Marco Island for the past twenty-seven years. She used to write a cooking column for another local newspaper titled, “Cuisine.” Recently, Marion took me into her kitchen and taught me how to make her simplified version of Beef Miroton, which is basically a red wine sauce over roast beef. Marion’s home is warm and inviting. Her walls are decorated with her artwork (she used to be an art teacher) and old family memorabilia. As she led me towards the kitchen I could hear the faint sounds of jazz music playing ... Read More »

Home & Business Decorating Contest Winners

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By Richard Niess The Marco Island House and Business Decorating Contest final judging for the 19th season took place on December 18th from 6:30 -10:30 PM. Judges traveled via trolley to visit the Top 10 House Finalists taken from the preliminary judging that traveled the Island on Wednesday, December 16. Plaques were presented to the Top 10 Home Contest Finalists. The Winner of the Business/Non House Facility Contest receives a plaque and a yard sign for annual display on Monday, during business hours, December 21. The House Decorating winners, Ted and Debbie Broxson received a Winners plaque, yard sign and ... Read More »

Victory Florida Kindness Tour

Bob and Bogart pay their respects at the Bay Pines National  Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Florida. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted You may have seen him riding around Marco. He’s hard to miss. On the back of his bike is a large American flag and on the front there’s a sign that reads, “Riding Florida Perimeter for Veterans.” Sometimes the sign changes, depending on what he’s riding for. But he’s always riding for something. On November 10, Veteran’s Day eve, Bob Votruba began his 1,600 mile perimeter bike ride of Florida. He arrived back in Naples on December 7, Pearl Harbor Day. The purpose of his ride was to honor the veterans who fought bravely for our country. ... Read More »

Hideaway Wins Philanthropic Award

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Submitted Recently, on a day known as “National Philanthropy Day,” the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Everglades Chapter named Hideaway Beach Club the Outstanding Philanthropic Organization of 2015. A well-attended awards ceremony took place at Hodges University in Naples. Hideaway was honored for their work with Guadalupe Center’s After-school, Summer and Tutor Corps Programs and the American Cancer Society. This year the group also built their first home for Habitat for Humanity. Hideaway’s nomination came from the Guadalupe Center. Over the past thirty years the group has raised more than $5.5 million for the center, and has been instrumental in initiating a number of ... Read More »

Salute to Veterans: Sal Sciarrino

Platoon 114, Sal is third from right, second row. July 1946, Parris Island, S.C.

By Maggie Gust Sal Sciarrino served in the 23rd Regiment New York State National Guard in 1944, as well as U.S. Marine Air Corps Group 15, 1946 to 1952. Sal was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, but his father moved the family back to Brooklyn when Sal was very young. The East New York Section of Brooklyn was where he grew up. At age 13, Sal tried to join the military. School held no interest for him at that time and he felt that he was treading water as far as actual learning was concerned. His brother Anthony, older by five ... Read More »

MIPD to Use Mobile Shooting Range

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Submitted The Marco Island Police Department is pleased to announce they will be the first department in the Southeastern United States to secure the use of a mobile shooting range. This range will allow the Marco Island Police Department to conduct use of force training that is mandated by the State of Florida to ensure that officers maintain the highest level of preparedness, with the most up-to-date training available. More importantly, the training will be onsite, which allows the police department to train officers while on duty and still be available to respond to calls for service. Currently the Marco ... Read More »

Lunch Box Series

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Submitted The Lunch Box Series is a wonderful lunchtime treat that includes lunch, a show and conversation with the cast after the show, all for $28 each! On January 9, 2016 “The Black Queen,” Catherine de Medici, will be performed by Janina Birtolo. “The Black Queen” tells the intriguing story of the Renaissance woman who never expected to be a queen, yet who went on to be the power behind the throne through the reigns of three of her sons. During her early years in her new country, Catherine was despised and discounted as “the Italian woman.” When she became Queen Regent, ... Read More »

Save the Date

Submitted Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 11:30 AM…for a luncheon and fashion show sponsored by the NCH Marco Island?Auxiliary, and benefiting the Marco Island Urgent Care Center. Enjoy a most pleasurable afternoon and support a worthy cause. Details to follow. Mark your calendar now!   Read More »

Serafin String Quartet Performance

Serafin String Quartet  comes to Marco Island on January 21. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts presents Serafin String Quartet in a performance on Thursday, January 21 at 5:30 PM. The Quartet’s recent recording on Naxos was named “Top 10 Classical Albums of 2013” by Philadelphia’s City Paper, and the Delaware-based Serafin String Quartet is sought after for performances around the nation. Hailed for “silken finesse and gritty vibrancy” by Gramophone Magazine and for “playing with style and sophistication” by The Strad Magazine, Serafin String Quartet debuted at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and has consistently received superlatives in the press and ovations by audiences ... Read More »

Big Cypress Reception and Film Screening

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Submitted Join former Artist-in-Residence Patricia Cummins, and wildlife filmmaker Richard Kern at 2 PM on Saturday, December 12 at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida. The event is a reception focusing on Patricia Cummins’ recent installation of work, “Big Work at Big Cypress,” at both the Oasis Visitor Center and Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center in Big Cypress National Preserve. Patricia’s collection is an exhibit that reflects the artist’s interaction and interpretation of the landscapes of the Big Cypress. Her pastel and oil paintings aim to connect the viewer to the deeper beauty of this unique landscape. During the reception Patricia will share ... Read More »

Agents Join John R. Wood Properties

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Submitted John R. Wood Properties is proud to announce the addition of the following new agents. Stacy Needles Witthoff as a broker associate in the Marco Island office and as a team leader of the Needles Group. She is originally from Marco Island and attended Florida State University, earning a B.S. Degree in Biology. She is the recipient of the 1998 Bobbie Clark Award and a member of the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) and the Marco Island Area Association of REALTORS® (MIAAR®). Scott Needles as a broker associate in the Marco Island office and as a member of ... Read More »