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County Supervisor of Elections Office Hosting Art Contest

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 www.colliertax.com.   Read More »

Senate approves $1.9 billion Everglades-restoration plan

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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 »

FWC LAW ENFORCEMENT COLLIER COUNTY

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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

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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 »

CRUISE PORTS CLOSE AHEAD OF HURRICANE MATTHEW

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Hurricane Matthew has not made landfall in the United States, but is already making a mess of travel plans in the southeast. Ports in Miami, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale and Cape Canaveral are closed to cruise ships until further notice. The chart below lists the various ports currently impacted by the storm and what cruise lines currently operate from there. “Cruise line officials ... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: REPUTATION IS STRONGER THAN SPIN

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Councilor Larry Sacher refers to many accomplishments of the current city council, and said that I am “typically on the losing end of 5-2 votes that helped to accomplish all of these positives.” The voting records can easily be checked on the city’s website. I am proud to have been on the “winning end” of votes establishing the bucket plan ... Read More »

Officer Saves Fellow Officer From Choking

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During a serious choking incident, Officer George Guyer (left) successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver on Officer Paul Keys.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Law enforcement officers, like their counterparts in the fire rescue services, are often called upon to render lifesaving aid to many within the community on a regular basis. When they are called upon to respond to a citizen in need of assistance, they do so without missing a beat. However, for two local Marco Island officers ... Read More »

Exploring Western Canada

Stunning scenery in Western Canada. Photos by Dave Pattison

Global  Traveler Dave Pattison  A recent journey to the magnificent Canadian Rockies revealed amazing frozen glaciers, snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, wild roaming animals and massive azure lakes. On a trip sponsored by Grand Circle Travel, which specializes in travel by small groups of seniors, I was able to explore Banff and Jasper National Parks, and the Canadian cities of Calgary, ... Read More »

Goodland Road Flooded Again: Marco Pressed by Commissioners to Act

Goodland Road, on the first of three days of flooding. A storm that barely
made a ripple in Collier County flooded Goodland’s only access road with 8” to 18” of water (1 PM, 8/30/16).

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn An unnamed tropical depression, 350 miles west of Marco Island, caused more serious flooding on Goodland Road on Tuesday, August 30. Torrential rains also added to the maelstrom, with rainwater having nowhere to go due to seawater gushing in through the road’s only two drains. The result was the usual chaos in traffic trying to ... Read More »

It’s All in Your Head

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Yoga practice helps us to sort the things we can control from the things we cannot.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  I was boarding a plane, heading for home a few weeks ago, when I spied my seat up ahead. I like the aisle seat where I can get up and move around easily to stretch and move my restless legs. So there in the middle seat sat a beautiful young woman with her arms ... Read More »

Collier’s Artificial Reefs: The End of the Beginning

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From left: Katie Laakkonen, Kathleen Rooney and Bob McConville.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Over the past few months I’ve addressed issues regarding the reef structures here in South Florida on several occasions. Recent visits by my wife, Cathy, and me have resulted in viewing the natural reef formations in the Florida Keys. The unfortunate “bleaching” of these once beautiful structures is caused by numerous factors, and has increased worldwide ... Read More »

Mystery Resident Posts Road Signs: Marco Island Not Amused

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One of the signs posted on September 14 stands forlornly in the Gulf waters, which are slowly taking over Goodland Road.

By Barry Gwinn At about 3 PM on September 14, about a dozen signs were posted along Goodland Road between San Marco Road and Angler Drive. No witnesses have come forward. The signs, tongue in cheek, and also apparently unpermitted, purported to give credit for the poor condition of the road to the City of Marco Island (CMI), which has ... Read More »

First Page Critique at October Writer’s Meeting

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Submitted After our September hiatus, Marco Island Writers, Inc. is back on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, resuming its regular second Wednesday of the month schedule. The agenda is a panel presentation on First Page Critique. Members have submitted the first page of a current work for anonymous review by a panel of peers. At this meeting, the panel will read ... Read More »

Research is Cautiously Hopeful

In 2016 there are 510,000 people with Alzheimer’s
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Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway In my experience, most of us know someone with dementia, either a family member, a friend, or a neighbor. So, it is not surprising to learn that in Florida there are 510,000 people with Alzheimer’s in 2016, just one of the many dementia diseases, but the most common. That figure will rise to 720,000 by ... Read More »

A Man Called Ove

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “Ove is fifty-nine. He drives a Saab.” Knowing his age is an important point in any man’s story. In Ove’s case, knowing that he drives and has always driven a Saab is essential in understanding him. One’s choice of vehicle reveals much about one’s character, in Ove’s mind. He evaluates others based upon their vehicle brand. When ... Read More »