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5th ANNUAL BLUES, BREWS AND BBQ

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Blues, Brews and BBQ is coming back to Tin City May 9th and 10th in celebration of CityFest. Sponsored by the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, Wicked Dolphin Rum, Big C Events, Pinchers, and Texas Tony’s Rib House, festival highlights will include live music and tasty local treats, kid’s activities and vendors. Kicking off at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8th, local band favorite Deb and the Dynamics will play from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. while finger-licking good BBQ is served with fresh, local seafood and icy brews. Saturday the 9th, the fun continues with The Good Bad Kids from ... Read More »

IBERIABANK JOINS ‘TEACH CHILDREN TO SAVE’ CAMPAIGN

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IBERIABANK, the 128-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, is pleased to announce a partnership with area schools to celebrate national “Teach Children to Save Day” with savings education on April 24. Through this program, which is sponsored by American Bankers Association (ABA), over 200 IBERIABANK associates will reach more than 3,800 children throughout five states.  Local youth will be taught to identify the difference between needs and wants, learn how to identify expenses, trade-offs, ways to cut spending and how to save for the future.   Here locally, bankers from IBERIABANK taught classes at Orangewood Elementary in Fort Myers, Poinciana Elementary School in Naples ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY IS LOOKING FOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The Collier County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees. They are: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee currently has three vacancies: one representing Labor Actively Engaged in Home Building (term expires Oct. 1, 2015), one representing For-Profit Provider of Affordable Housing (term expires Oct. 1, 2015), and one representing Advocate for Low Income Persons (term expires Oct. 1, 2017). This committee was created to monitor the implementation of the Affordable Housing Task Force’s recommendations, and the goals, objectives, and policies of the housing elements of the County’s Growth Management Plan and the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The committee also determines ... Read More »

Marco Island Florist and Gifts

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Marco Island Florist and Gifts is excited to be hosting exchange student Hanna Lagerstorm , she is our very own floral design intern visiting from Sweden. Hanna is 19 years  old and attends floral design school Almåsgymnasiet – in beautiful Borås, Sweden .  For the pasted 3 years Hanna has studied all aspects of traditional and modern floral design and loves the business and designing stunning flower arrangements . She is  studying with us for the next 5 weeks?, creating and learning how we do things here at  Marco Island Florist and Gifts  . We would love to invite you to stop in and meet her. As part of our way of giving back, Nancy Carrington and her amazing staff at ... Read More »

Edward Jones Ranks No. 6 on FORTUNE Magazine’s Best Companies to Work For List Financial-services firm makes list for 16th year

Financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 6 on FORTUNEmagazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2015″ list in its 16th appearance on the prestigious list, according to Gary Ozak and Kevin O’Fee, Financial Advisors in Marco Island, FL. Edward Jones’ 16 FORTUNE rankings also include top 10 finishes for 12 years, top five rankings for six years and consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003. Last year, the firm ranked No. 4 overall. In the FORTUNE survey of associates, for which the ranking is predominantly based, 94 percent of Edward Jones associates said they have pride in the work they do. And 96 percent ... Read More »

Gary Ozak Accepts Limited Partnership

Gary Ozak of Edward Jones in Marco Island, FL has accepted an invitation to become a limited partner in The Jones Financial Cos., the holding company for the St. Louis-based financial services firm. Edward Jones currently employs nearly 40,000 associates in all 50 states and through its affiliate in Canada. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the firm’s first partnership offering – and today Edward Jones has expanded the partnership to more than 20,000 limited partners. “I am honored to be invited to become a limited partner in the firm,” said Ozak. “I enjoy working for Edward Jones, and I am very proud of the way we ... Read More »

FWC moves forward with comprehensive draft bear management rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continues to build on its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management. At its April 15 meeting in Tallahassee, FWC Commissioners approved several proposed bear-related rules that will be presented for final action in June. The draft rules address a wide variety of tools to manage bear populations and help reduce human-bear conflicts. Staff were directed to refine changes to the feeding rule by making a new sub-section specifically for bear feeding and adding coyotes to rule 68A-4.001(3). In responding to feeding violations, staff will focus on written warnings as a key component. ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

Fiddler’s Creek announced that a newly furnished Madison model home and three additional inventory homes are now available for purchase at Chiasso, a village of 59 single-family residences located within the luxury, master-planned community. Offered by D.R. Horton, Chiasso is in the beautiful Veneta section of Fiddler’s Creek and is a sanctuary of peace and the pinnacle of luxury living. The village is intertwined with waterways and features five spacious floor plans, ranging from 2,583 to 3,522 air-conditioned square feet, most featuring stunning lake views. The Madison is a one-story, move-in ready home offering 3,246 air-conditioned square feet. This lakefront residence ... Read More »

VETERAN SERVICES LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

The Collier County Veteran Services Division is looking for volunteer drivers to help take veterans to medical appointments at Bay Pine VA Healthcare System in Bay Pines (near St. Petersburg) and the Cape Coral VA Clinic in Cape Coral. Collier County Veteran Services relies on volunteers to help transport some 1,100 veterans annually to medical appointments at these facilities, which are operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The county provides the service to veterans free of charge. “We are highly dependent on the drivers willing to give of their time for our veterans,” said Gary Vincent, manager of ... Read More »

Commission approves 70-day recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a 70-day recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters at the April 16 meeting in Tallahassee. Red snapper is a popular species that has a strong economic impact for many coastal communities throughout Florida.   The 2015 season will start the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 23) and run through July 12, resume for all of Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5-7) and finish with Saturdays and Sundays throughout the rest of September and all of October, with the last day of harvest being Sunday, Nov. 1.   The 2015 Gulf federal waters ... Read More »

NATURE PLAY PRESCRIPTION PROGRAM EXPANDS TO REACH MORE FLORIDIANS

The Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Get Outdoors Florida! are proud to announce the 2015 renewal and expansion of the Nature Play “Prescription” Program. Created in 2014, the program was designed to increase healthy activity for children and their families through access to Florida’s award winning state parks. “Nature Play ‘Prescription’ is a great opportunity for Florida families to get outside, get active and enjoy our outstanding state parks,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “This collaboration is a great example of state agencies working together for Florida’s families in ... Read More »

SPECIAL OLYMPICS COLLIER COUNTY NEEDS ASSISTANT COACHES FOR GOLF FOR THE 2015 SEASON

DATES:  June 2rd to August 1nd, 2015   DAYS OF PRACTICE AND TIMES: Every Tuesday 5:00–6:30 pm (Practices held rain or shine unless otherwise notified).   LOCATION: Golden Gate Country Club, 4100 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples 34116 (Just west of 951 on GG Pkwy).   COMPETITION DATES: County Games: Tuesday, July 7th 2015 at GGCC 5:00-6:30 pm. Coaches are expected to be at games. Area Games: Saturday, August 1st 2015 at Royal Palm Country Club, Naples 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Coaches are expected at games. State Golf Games:  Fri-Sat September 4th-5th, 2015 in Orlando. Not all coaches are expected to go to State Golf Games. But we will need some to go.   ASSISTANT COACH ... Read More »

Be a part of changing someone’s life forever… with Special Olympics Collier County

COLLIER COUNTY DRINKING WATER NAMED BEST TASTING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA   The Collier County Water Division produces the best tasting water in Southwest Florida, according to a panel of judges at the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association’s (FSAWWA) Best Tasting Drinking Water Contest – Region V.   Collier County’s drinking water was chosen as the best on Tuesday, April 14, during a blind taste test from among six samples submitted by water utilities from Collier, Lee and portions of Hendry counties.   This is not the first time Collier County’s water has been awarded the best tasting ... Read More »

Clerk Wins 2015 Budget Award from Government Finance Officers Association

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that the Collier County Clerk of the Courts, Florida has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for budget year 2015, for the thirteenth consecutive year.   The award represents a significant achievement by the Clerk’s Accounting Department. It reflects the commitment of Clerk of Courts Dwight E. Brock and his staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the Clerk had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The guidelines are designed to assess how ... Read More »

Postal Service Letter Carriers’ Food Drive Saturday, May 9th, 2015

For more than 20 years, the National Associa­tion of Letter Carriers (NALC) has conducted an annual nationwide food drive on the sec­ond Saturday in May. Customers are asked to leave non-perishable food donations by their mailbox before their carrier arrives onSaturday, May 9. All food collected is donated to local food banks and stays in the community. The NALC food drive is held in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Among the many local volunteer groups that will help with the food drive are the United Way, Harry Chapin ... Read More »

Special Saturday Passport Application Days Planned in Collier County

Be sure to mark Saturday, May 2rd and Saturday, May 16th on your calendar if you would like to submit a U.S. Passport application to the U.S. Department of State through the Clerk of Court’s Office in Collier County.   Dwight Brock, Clerk of Courts, announced two special Saturday Passport Application days will be held to accommodate citizens and their families who require U.S. Passports for upcoming summer travel plans. The Saturday Passport days are designed to provide an option for those who are not able to take time off during the regular work week.   The North Collier Government ... Read More »

Artist of the Year… Tara O’Neill

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Submitted The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) has named local artist, writer and educator, Tara O’Neill, 2015 Artist of the Year. Noted for her vivid oil paintings, Tara exhibits her work in many local shows and public installations. She is represented by Blue Mangrove Gallery in Marco Town Center. Tara is being honored for her outstanding column in the Coastal Breeze entitled ‘The Artful Life’ in which she focuses on the arts and their importance in our community. Tara also teaches art to adults and children at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Tara is a founding ... Read More »

Window Hangings at St. Mark’s Let the Son Shine

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The culmination of eight months work by a group of very dedicated parishioners is now hanging in the sanctuary windows of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Marco Island. “This was a unique project in that involved an unusual medium (tin) and some exceptional work by a large group of inspired people,” said Janet DeAnna, spokesperson for St. Mark’s Artists in Residence program. “We wanted to do a multi-media project so everyone could be involved.” This was the sixth project by the group at St. Mark’s. They began in 2009 with plaques of oil and clay, then ... Read More »

Costante: 5A Coach of the Year

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By Roger LaLonde The Lely softball team had a breakout year, winning the Class 3A- District 12 Championship and topping the Collier County Athletic Conference. Behind new coach Rich Costante, the Lady Trojans won 18 games. They lost 9 games, but that was partly because Costante chose to play strong non-district competition. “We played 5A state champ American Heritage, 7A Fort Myers and 8A Coral Reef, highly-rated teams that pushed them to play better.” For his success, Costante was named 5A Coach of the Year by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association for Southwest Florida. The girls set 8 team records, ... Read More »

Two Reasons to Celebrate in Everglades City

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was a warm morning on April 25th and Everglades City was out to heat things up even more with a great party to celebrate two events; the 87th anniversary of the Tamiami Trail and the 17th birthday of the Museum of the Everglades. The day started with a walking tour lead by Patty Huff. Patty is a local historian, sits on the board for the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, and owner/editor of the local newspaper “The Mullet Wrapper” (which she recently sold). Patty knows her history. Following the hour long walking tour, ... Read More »