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Police, Fire and City Employees Donate Backpacks

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Submitted For the seventh year, the City of Marco Island employees participated in the Give Back–Fill a Pack initiative in support of the Shelter for Abused Women and Children. The Shelter collects school supplies annually to ensure that school-aged children are well prepared when heading back to school in August. The goal to surpass last year’s total of 64 backpacks was accomplished, and a total of 84 backpacks were donated. “We are happy to assist the children in our community with school supplies and encouragement that will enable them to learn and be successful in life,” said Police Chief Al ... Read More »

In the Spirit to Serve: Marriott Raises Over $97K for Relay For Life

From left: Chris Major, Rick Medwedeff, Cathy Nelson, Sue Olszak, Lisa Honig, Katie Betz and Kathy Cleeland
Photo by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba The spirit of giving was evident on July 26 at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort as Rick Medwedeff, general manager and Chris Major, general manager of golf operations and Spirit to Serve chair, presented a check in the amount of $97,655.92 to the American Cancer Society (ACS). The funds were raised through various activities of the Marriott Relay For Life team, led by team captain Jaclyn Moser-Wilmet. These activities included a golf tournament held at Hammock Bay, as well as the fundraising efforts at the actual Relay For Life event. Held at Mackle Park on April ... Read More »

The Return of Wrestling to the Summer Olympics A Win for Contestants, Spectators, Coaches, and Society

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By Roy Eaton In 2013, the International Olympic Committee voted to drop wrestling, a core sport in Summer Olympics. To many this was unfathomable because wrestling was one of nine sports of the ancient Greek Olympics dating back to the year 708 B.C. After an overwhelming outcry from competitors, coaches, and spectators wrestling was reinstated, but as a non-core sport. The wrestling community was grateful for its return, but many within this assemblage found it offensive that a sport which transcends limitations and builds immeasurable character and whose origin traces back to ancient times and the beginning of competitive sport, ... Read More »

City Council Update

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides At the August 1 meeting of the Marco Island City Council, Kelli DeFedericis, the Flood Plain Coordinator for the city, made a presentation to the board, which amounted to what could best be described as an early Christmas present for homeowners on the island. Homeowners within the city will be receiving an additional 5% improvement in their flood insurance premium; previous to this latest adjustment property owners had received a 20% credit and will now receive a 25% deduction from their previous rates on flood insurance. DeFedericis was quick to point out that it was a ... Read More »

Marco Pilgrims Attend World Youth Day

San Marco pilgrims in Krakow.
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By Maureen Chodaba On July 23, several parishioners of the San Marco Catholic Church departed on a trip to Krakow, Poland. Led by San Marco Director of Youth Ministry Dorothy Flint, the group included her husband Jeff Flint, Bill Bury, Parochial Vicar Father Duong Nguyen, and youth parishioners Lauren Jeter, Marissa Mengelkoch, Emmanuelle Meurge, Samantha Jennings, Dakota Leonard, Emma Fernandez, Logan Rios, Jacob Olguin (Kowalski) and Ralph Pesce. These pilgrims of faith embarked on a journey of enlightenment; their destination – an encounter with the Pope at the 2016 celebration of World Youth Day. The idea of World Youth Day ... Read More »

Where’s Stef?

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Stef at the 2016 Christmas Island Style golf tournament, which he helped organize.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News is pleased to announce that reporter Steve Stefanides, widely known in the community as “Stef,” has joined their team. Steve will be writing on local civic and public interest news, and will contribute a regular opinion column. Steve says, “I really have enjoyed the last three years covering the news here on the island. So when a group as accomplished and respected as the Coastal Breeze staff approached me with the opportunity to continue in that role I was delighted to accept their offer.” Publisher Val Simon says, “Steve is an important voice ... Read More »

Cape Romano Uncovered

By 2011, shifting sands had placed nearly all the domes in the water.
Photos courtesy of Mila Bridger

Reprinted from September 7, 2012 The mystery of the “dome home” on Cape Romano has been solved! Coastal Breeze readers asked for it and we’ve delivered. After an intense search, the family of Bob Lee, the brainchild and builder of the dome home, has stepped forward to tell their story. The oddly eccentric home has been a topic of conversation and lure since it was built in 1980. Many far-fetched tales have been spun about the futuristic bubbles, but right here, right now, the stories are put to rest. Bob and Margaret Lee’s daughter, Janet Maples, laughs when she recalls ... Read More »

DAS OFFERS ‘NAME YOUR OWN PRICE ADOPTIONS’

In an effort to find homes for the homeless animals of Collier County, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is adopting animals at the customer’s desired price. The Name Your Own Price promotion is the response to the growing population of homeless animals at the shelter. From now until the end of August, customers will be able to decide the price of the animal they would like to adopt. Any price in a whole dollar amount will be accepted. Pet adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip, county license and more. This is a value of over $400. To view adoptable ... Read More »

Project Nikita Revealed

Arthrex, a Collier County-based medical device manufacturing company, will expand its operations in North Naples, creating 560 jobs and $63 million in investment as part of a public-private agreement between the company, the state and Collier County. “To have a global medical device leader like Arthrex make this kind of investment shows their confidence in Collier County. The ripple effect of Arthrex’s physical expansion and the jobs created contributes greatly to our region’s growing economic strength,” said Kristi Bartlett, vice president of economic development for the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. “This is a prime example of the fruits of ... Read More »

Big Cypress Fire Management Plans Assessment

Big Cypress National Preserve and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge are seeking public comments on a joint Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the environmental impacts of their respective updated Fire Management Plans (FMPs). updated FMPs will keep management objectives current and adopt and refine strategies that help the fire management programs operate more effectively. The updated FMPs will provide fresh focus on restoring fire-dependent communities and threatened and endangered species. Lastly, they will incorporate updates in national fire policy and terminology. In their new FMPs, the Preserve and Refuge will consider strategies to increase their ability to actively manage wildland fire and ... Read More »

Rare Vertical of 10 Harlan Estate Wines will kick off Naples Winter Wine Festival

Wine legends Bill Harlan and Antonio Galloni to showcase unique collection of “first-growth” vintages   Harlan Estate, the ultimate cult winery behind some of the world’s most sought-after California Cabernets, will headline the 2017 Vintage Cellar with a vertical tasting of ten celebrated vintages, including extraordinary 100-point vintages from 2001 and 2007. This very special pre-Festival tasting and luncheon will give a select few guests the chance to learn from the team behind one of the country’s most iconic wineries, while tasting a rare combination of their highly-regarded wines. Scheduled for January 26, 2017 at 10am, a day before the Naples Winter Wine Festival officially ... Read More »

FDOT Stormwater Study Receives Award for Enhancing Water Quality and Safety at Airports

The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Statewide Airport Stormwater Study has received an environmental award from the Florida Airports Council (FAC) for its efforts to improve water quality and airport safety. Developed as a best management practice for stormwater runoff specific to airports, the study has been a multi-year effort to develop, build and test this new airport water management pond concept. The project was managed by FDOT in partnership with the City of Naples Airport Authority, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the state’s water management districts, the University of Florida, and the Federal Aviation Administration. FDOT Secretary Boxold said, ... Read More »

Collier County Supervisor of Elections Begins First Mailing of Vote-by-Mail Ballots for the 2016 Primary Election

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office will send its first mailing of requested Vote-by-Mail ballots to domestic voters on Tuesday, July 26, for the upcoming Primary Election on August 30. Voters may submit requests online at www.CollierVotes.com<http://www.CollierVotes.com> under the “Vote-by-Mail” tab.  Requests can also be made by calling the Supervisor of Elections office at (239)252-VOTE. By law, ballots cannot be forwarded. The deadline for voters to request a ballot to be delivered by mail for this election is 5:00 p.m. on August 24. Voted ballots must be physically returned (not just postmarked) to the Supervisor of Elections by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, August 30. The ... Read More »

Leadership NEXT welcomes experts on emergency preparedness and response

Leadership NEXT, a professional organization for advancing business leaders in Southwest Florida brought to you by the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, will host its next program on Aug. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lee County Emergency Operations Center located at 2675 Ortiz Avenue in Fort Myers. The program will feature a panel of local experts on emergency preparedness and response including Rob Duns, meteorologist for NBC-2; Lisa LeBlanc-Hutchings, senior manager of programs- emergency planning, safety and training for the Lee County Port Authority; and Sandra Tapfumaneyi, operations chief with Lee County Emergency Management. Each panelist will offer ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement – Collier County

Late one evening, Investigator Van Trees made contact with a group of people exiting Clam Pass Beach Park who he suspected had been fishing. A fisheries inspection revealed that there were four undersized snook and one undersized mangrove snapper hidden in a paint bucket. One subject admitted to keeping the fish, although he did not catch them himself. As Investigator Van Trees was speaking with the group, the subject who admitted to keeping the illegal fish fled into the nearby woods. Local agencies assisted in the search, but were unable to find the suspect. With only a foreign ID to ... Read More »

Naples Press Club Announces Journalism Scholarship Recipients

The Press Club is renewing NPC Terrence J. Miller $1,000 Journalism Scholarships for Collier County students Melissa Gomez (Lely HS 2014)-junior, University of Florida; and Eleanor “Ellie” Rushing (Naples HS 2015)-sophomore, Rollins College. Lauren Schoepfer (Barron Collier HS)-senior, University of Central Florida, is receiving an NPC $500 Journalism Scholarship. NPC Terrence J. Miller $1,000 Annual Renewable Journalism Scholarships were also awarded to Collier County students Tamica Jean-Charles (Naples HS 2016)-freshman, International University-Miami; and Jaynie Tice (Palmetto Ridge HS 2013)-senior, Florida Gulf Coast University. The NPC Endowed FGCU Foundation Journalism Scholarship was awarded to Vilsoir “Villy” Satine-senior, Florida Gulf Coast University. ... Read More »

COUNTY PARKS PROGRAM REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY

Registration for all Collier County Parks & Recreation’s fall programs begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1. Collier County Parks & Recreation offers numerous programs for all ages, including voluntary prekindergarten, afterschool adventures, youth and adult sports, arts and crafts, music, fitness and more. To find a program for you, visit www.collierparks.com or download our mobile app, which is available for download on Apple and Android phones. Just search Collier County Parks in either the Google Play Store (for Android) or Apple Store (for Apple). You can register for programs online for free at www.collierparks.com or from the mobile app. For more information, contact the Collier ... Read More »

ROAD WATCH REPORT

US 41 from Six L’s Farm Road to CR 92/San Marco Road:Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path on the south side of roadway. The speed limit will be reduced from 60 mph to 50 mph during the day. The speed limit will remain at 45 mph during nighttime hours. Drivers should use caution traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is summer 2016.  The contractor is Community Asphalt Corporation. This ROAD ALERT was prepared by the Collier County Growth Management Department to inform the community about scheduled road construction and road maintenance projects along major roadways in Collier County where lane closures are ... Read More »

Carolina Avenue between Warren Street and Trammel Street

On Carolina Avenue between Warren Street and Trammel Street expect traffic to be reduced to one lane only intermittently on Friday, July 29 between8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, weather permitting, as crews working for Florida Power and Light continue installation of utility poles. Flagmen will be used, as needed, along with advance warning signs and barricades to assist travelers in this area. Read More »

COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION NOTICE FOR COMMUNITY MARKET PROPOSALS

The Collier County Parks & Recreation Division announces that organizations, groups and individuals interested in conducting long-term community markets in Collier County parks will need a Community Market Use Agreement. Community markets are open air markets that sell fruits and vegetables, goods or services to willing buyers. A market is considered long-term if the duration of the market is greater than 31 consecutive days, but does not exceed 12 months. Those interested in conducting long-term community markets should contact Miguel Rojas Jr. at(239) 252-4031 to receive an application for a Long-Term Community Market Use Agreement. All community market requests on county ... Read More »