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Rotary Brings Baby Basics to Marco


Submitted If you want to help Kiwanis support literacy programs, in addition to participating in the 5K, consider becoming an event sponsor. Sponsorships come at many levels, starting at only $250. For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact Preston Stiner at 239-6828070 or Tim Clune at 239-394-2299. The 4th Annual Kiwanis Family 5K takes place on November 19 from ... Read More »

Punt, Pass and Kick Results 2016


Submitted Thanks to the support of the Marco Island Optimist flag football program, 45 participants took part in the nationwide NFL Punt, Pass & Kick (PPK) competition hosted by the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department recently at Mackle Park. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest of all the NFL youth football programs. This program ... Read More »

Miami, Naples Athletes Claim Triathlon Top Spots

Competitors in the swimming leg of the Marco Island Triathlon.

By Scott Shook Mild temperatures and a pleasant breeze greeted 374 participants in the sixth annual Marco Island Triathlon the morning of October 2, at the Marriott’s Marco Beach Resort. Vladimir Casanova of Miami blitzed the field, finishing a full 48 seconds in front of second place finisher Ross Lenehan of Cape Coral. Kayla Schmidt of Bonita Springs outdistanced the ... Read More »

Marie Senechal’s Blankets of Love

Marie’s wonderful world of color. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Color is a celebration of sight, an experience of vision and a reflection of light. The qualities of hue and brightness awaken our vitality and stir our emotions. Texture is the tactile quality of physical substance and touch. When color and texture are combined, they create an entity that can be grasped and held. Long time Marco ... Read More »

Thanking Soldiers With a Day of Fishing

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For its sixth year, the annual Naples Take a Soldier Fishing event took place at Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club. This year 62 boat owners donated the use of their boats and their time captaining to bring soldiers and their families on a memorable fishing trip. The soldiers, mostly Air Force and some Marines, were all ... Read More »

Silence Like a Cancer Grows

Phil, Maureen and Buster. Submitted Photo

By Maureen Chodaba When my grandmother died of breast cancer in 1968, no one really spoke of it. I don’t know which word provoked the silence – the word “breast” or the word “cancer.” My guess is that it was both, because each word by itself brought forth the image of something unmentionable. Put the two words together and you ... Read More »

Economic Summit Returns


Submitted Last year the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® hosted Marco’s first-ever Economic Summit. The event was such a success that the Economic Summit will return for its second year on Wednesday, November 9 from 1- 4 PM at Rose History Auditorium. Attendees will hear the latest local real estate statistics, as well as an economic forecast for Southwest ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo Winners


Bingo is open to the public and played every Monday evening through May 1st at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Read More »

Champions For Learning Give Grants


Champions For Learning awarded almost $65,000 in classroom grants to Collier County teachers. Volunteers, supporters, and board members of Champions For Learning, surprised local teachers when they delivered 126 grant checks to 41 Collier County schools, to support innovative experiences for students. Collier County teachers requested funding through the classroom grant portal on the Champions For Learning website. This online ... Read More »

Domestic Violence Awareness Month


October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Dwight Brock, Collier County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller, remains committed to helping Floridians who may be suffering from domestic violence. More than 120,000 cases of domestic violence were reported in Florida last year, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and sadly, many more incidents of domestic ... Read More »



In an emergency, the unfamiliar and stressful situation can lead to the person with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia to become confused, agitated or aggressive. First responders on the scene could easily mistake the behavior for uncooperativeness, when it is actually caused by the disease. To help prepare first responders for this possibility, the staff at Barrington Terrace of Naples, an ... Read More »

County Supervisor of Elections Office Hosting Art Contest


The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office will partner, once again, with the Collier County Public School system to present an art contest encouraging students of all ages to express the spirit of democracy through art. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to one winning entry submitted by a high school senior and a $500 donation will be awarded to ... Read More »

Receive 10 Free Autumn Classics Trees or Five Crapemyrtle


The Arbor Day Foundation will brighten up your fall by offering 10 free autumn classics trees or five free Crapemyrtle when you join the organization in October. Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in October will receive five free crapemyrtle trees or 10 free autumn classics selected for your area. The 10 autumn classics include: two sugar maples, two ... Read More »

Collier-Seminole Campground


We are pleased to announce the reopening of the Collier-Seminole State Park campground! With new additions and improvements, this park is ready for your Fall or Winter camping trip! Collier-Seminole has some of the most diverse wildlife viewing opportunities in the Florida Park System, with elements of tropical, salt marsh and cypress swamp habitats. Come see what’s new at Collier-Seminole State ... Read More »

Ideas Will Bloom at the 2016 Yard and Garden Show


Do you want to learn more about unique container gardening ideas or micro irrigation? Or you simply want to learn how to successfully grow tomatoes on a small space? Explore all this and more at the 14th Annual SW Florida Yard and Garden Show, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, ... Read More »

Tax Offices Closed


Collier County Tax Collector, Larry H Ray, announces that all Collier County Tax Collector offices will be closed Monday October 3, 2016 for mandatory employee training.  All offices will resume normal business operations on Tuesday October 4th. For more information or any questions regarding the services the Collier County Tax Collector offers, please call (239) 252-8171 or visit the website at   Read More »

Senate approves $1.9 billion Everglades-restoration plan


The U.S. Senate today approved legislation authorizing the Army Corps of Engineers to move forward on a major $1.9 billion Everglades-restoration project. The Central Everglades Planning Project, which was included in a broader water resources bill that the Senate approved today by a vote of 95 – 3, is a nearly $2 billion series of engineering projects designed to reduce ... Read More »



Officers Arbogast and Kleis were on state water patrol when they initiated a vessel stop on a pontoon boat that was occupied by six individuals. The operator indicated several signs of impairment and there were many empty alcohol containers on the vessel. Officer Arbogast performed field sobriety tasks on the operator and came to the conclusion that his normal faculties ... Read More »

Red Tide Alert for Marco’s Beaches


Submitted You can smell the whiff of dead fish from the boardwalk of Residents Beach. Thousands of dead fish blanket the water’s edge from South Beach to the tip of Sand Dollar Island. Collier County raked the beach on Friday, October 7, and is scheduled to return on Monday, October 10. Die-hard walkers braved a cooler Saturday morning for their ... Read More »