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Walking Collier: Serenity Walk Park

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By Joan and Carl Kelly Not far from Marco Island is a relatively new park, Serenity Walk Park. It is on 951 (Collier Blvd) only nine tenths of a mile north of Rattlesnake Hammock Rd on the west side of the road. It is a small park but very interesting. The mile long sand path winds around pine flatwoods and a cypress pine mixed forest. Some restoration was done to the land such as planting native grasses including Sara Cord grass, Love grass, soft rush, St. Johns Wart and lick wood. Coming around the first turn we found someone who ... Read More »

MI Chamber Business Expo

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Chamber brought customers and businesses together for a festive afternoon on April 6 for the 15th Annual Business Expo. The doors opened at 4:00 and the general public streamed into the showroom. Awaiting them were 30 booths representing various local businesses and groups armed with the finest information about their organization, giveaway items and special prizes for those entering their names at each booth. About 300 people attended this year’s expo. During the show, chamber staff went around to each booth and gave up the microphone so businesses could tell a bit about ... Read More »

Terracina Grand to Introduce the Montessori Method for Memory Care

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By Randall Kenneth Jones When The Goodman Group—the development and management company for East Naples’ Terracina Grand—officially opens the doors of its latest project on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, their sights are set on literally creating a day to remember. Their brand new, two-story building—Villa at Terracina Grand—will feature 55 apartments for 60 residents specifically in need of memory care. This includes all stages of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. What’s more, this grand opening gives the healthcare community much to celebrate. The state-of-the-art memory-care facility will focus much of its resident care on renowned psychologist Dr. Cameron Camp’s revolutionary teaching method, an approach traditionally used to maximize ... Read More »

Rooms with a View

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff A combination of spectacular homes, stunning fashions and most importantly, a desire to contribute to the American Cancer Society, drew about 170 women to Hideaway Beach recently. A new event dubbed “Rooms with a View,” was put on by the Hideaway Beach Cancer Committee spearheaded by Tommie Rowland. The affair featured a tour of four magnificent Hideaway homes from a villa, to condominium to luxury freestanding homes. Guests were chauffeured to the various sites via golf cart. A docent in each home gave guests the grand tour. Once complete, they were whisked off to the ... Read More »

Significant Future Growth Planned for Collier County

Mark Strain, Collier County’s chief hearing examiner and chairman of the county’s Planning Commission.

By Don Manley Construction activity in Collier County has again become commonplace as the economy recovers from the most recent recession. One need look no further than the State Route 951 – U.S. 41 corridor near Marco Island for evidence of that fact. Donna Fiala, the Collier County commissioner whose district includes Marco and Mark Strain, the county’s chief hearing Examiner, discussed growth that is underway or planned for the near and distant future, at a presentation held recently at ciation of Realtors. “Collier County is built out or promised to be built out in some manner,” said Strain. However, ... Read More »

Smallwood Store Settlement

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By Patty Huff Finally, after many years of frustration and expense, the Smallwood Store & Museum and Florida Georgia Grove, LLP, reached a settlement agreement on March 17. According to the Col the County Commissioners, “the four year Smallwood litigation has been resolved in favor of the County and the Smallwood family. In an agreed-upon Final Judgment… the Developer has agreed that Mamie Street is a publicly dedicated roadway, with the County and the Smallwood family accepting this newly paved road ‘as is.’” As a publicly dedicated roadway, neither the Smallwood Store nor Florida Georgia Grove will have to maintain ... Read More »

Healthy Kids Day and Dottie’s Duck Derby

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By Don Manley The Greater Marco Family YMCA will present two of its signature events as one seamless extravaganza of fun, healthy living information and fundraising. Both the Y’s Healthy Kids Day and the Dottie’s 20th Annual Duck Derby fundraiser will be held backto-back on Saturday, April 25 at the organization’s Sand Hill Street campus. “We’re trying to showcase our youth this year and make it more of a fun, interactive event and hopefully, get a good turnout from that,” said Charlene Garcia, the Y’s school age (after-school program) coordinator, who is also coordinating Healthy Kids Day. The festivities will ... Read More »

Enter the Wildlife Photo Contest Today

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s final call for anyone wanting to enter the Eighth Annual City of Marco Island Wildlife Amateur Photo Contest. The contest closes to entries on April 24th. Winners will be announced May 1st. If you have any photos you have shot during the past year that you are considering entering, there is still time. Categories were combined this year into Land and Marine Animals, Insects and Plants and Trees and Landscapes. Black and white, color photos and photos creatively enhanced are all acceptable. Camera type is not limited, so whether you’re using a Canon, a ... Read More »

La Tavola-Family, Food and Friends

Marco Island restaurateurs Guy and Lisa Verdi discuss their dining philosophy.

By Don Manley The traditional family gathering place – the kitchen table – evokes thoughts of heartwarming moments for long-time Marco Island restaurateurs Guy and Lisa Verdi. Such memories and their shared Italian heritage served to inspire the Verdi’s selection of a name for their new restaurant, which they have dubbed “La Tavola,” Italian for “the table.” “I really thought long and hard about it,” said Lisa Verdi. “I thought about how Guy and I, both here and when we travel to Italy and France to visit family, the best times and our favorite memories are always around the table ... Read More »

Top-Producing Realtor, Donna Kittle, Adds To Marco’s 50 Year History!

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Donna Kittle celebrates Marco’s 50th Birthday having negotiated the highest selling price ever on Marco’s beachfront! She takes great pride in her sharp negotiating skills, 5 Star Service, unparalleled Comprehensive Marketing Plan and Market and Product Knowledge! One of the most remarkable parts of this sale is that Donna has now sold this rare penthouse twice! She sold the current sellers this developer ready Grand penthouse in 2008. They were so satisfied with her service and confident in her abilities, talents and integrity, that they listed this exquisitely finished by the Award-Winning Robb & Stucky 10,000 sq ft beach residence ... Read More »

Coping with Alzheimer’s

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Submitted America’s aging population means Alzheimer’s disease is one of the country’s leading health problems. Learn how to recognize it, how to care for a loved one, when to see a doctor and how to ensure quality end-of-life care. BMO Harris Bank is hosting an open discussion format presentation by Dr. Daniel Kaplan, DO, CMD on Wednesday, April 22nd at 5:00 PM. With 35 years of experience, Dr. Daniel Kaplan is board certified in family and geriatric medicine and associate medical director of VITAS Healthcare in Collier County. The event, to be held at BMO Harris Bank located in the ... Read More »

Celebrate Marco Island’s 50th Anniversary

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By Don Manley Much has changed on Marco Island since the Mackle Brothers ushered in the community’s modern era in 1962. It was then that the brothers – Elliott, Robert, and Frank, Jr. – went together with the heirs of Barron Gift Collier and established a joint venture to develop the Island. Their company, the Deltona Corp., created a master plan for the community the Mackles envisioned and also handled construction. In January of 1965, property in Modern Marco was made available to the public for the first time. The 50th anniversary of that momentous occasion will be commemorated the ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Lunch & Learn: A Tale of Henderson Creek

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com One diary, two years of research and a great deal of passion all came together at the Rookery Bay Lunch & Learn on April 7. The final product is a fascinating glimpse into the history of pioneer life on Henderson Creek. The diary was written by Frank ‘Watts’ Hall and covered 186 days from 1898 into 1899. Watts was a teacher living with the Kirkland family on Henderson Creek and in his diary he shares a very intimate view of what daily life was like near the turn of the century. Ray Carroll was the presenter ... Read More »

Relay for Life and the Power of Teams

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff As the saying goes, the more the merrier and with over 30 teams signed up for this year’s Relay for Life, it is going to be a very good event indeed. The teams all working independently towards one goal is a true reflection of the motto “One World, One Hope.” Relay for Life will be held at Mackle Park on Saturday, April 18th. The admission is free. The opening ceremony/survivor lap will take place at 11 AM, the Luminaria Ceremony will be from 9-10 PM and at 10:45 there will be a Closing Fight Back ... Read More »

FDOT Hearing on the US 41 at Lely Resort Intersection

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Submitted The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting a public hearing about safety improvements to the US 41 at Lely Resort Boulevard intersection. The proposed improvements include: The improvement includes modification of the full median opening to a dual directional opening. Currently all movements are allowed at the median opening. With this change, left turns out of Gridley Medical Building/Equestrian Professional Center and Lely Resort Boulevard will be restricted to improve safety at the intersection. Drivers will continue to be able to make left turns from US 41. Temporary median modification anticipated in summer 2015, with final construction tentatively set ... Read More »

Celebrate National Park Week with Free Park Entrance

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Submitted National Park Week will be commemorated nationwide by the National Park Service April 18 to 26, and Everglades National Park is inviting everyone to come enjoy free park entrance the opening weekend, April 18 and 19. National Park Week is an opportunity to engage families and communities nationwide in America’s Great Outdoors, by reconnecting people with opportunities to enjoy parks located right in your back yard. The theme this year for National Park Week is, “Find Your Park.” “National Park Week is the perfect time for everyone to ‘Find Your Park,’ the national campaign premiered this month to launch ... Read More »

Booty Barre Benefit

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Anyone who has taken one of Margaret Lamp’s ‘Booty Barre’ classes knows just how difficult they are. Margaret is the area’s Booty Barre guru and known for working muscles most had no idea existed. Her classes are so popular they are often full. Those in attendance form a certain camaraderie. So, when one of her class regulars, Jada Shigley, was diagnosed with cancer and started chemotherapy treatments, Margaret wanted to help in the one way she knows how. So, there will be a three hour booty barre session on Saturday, May 16th as a benefit ... Read More »

Cards As Art

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff A new kind of art show will take place at the Local Color Art Gallery, A Marco Island Artist Colony located in the Shops of Old Marco. Greeting Cards as Art will be happening, Friday, April 24th at 5 PM. This special event will feature greeting cards-easy to matt, easy to frame and easy to send. See work from artists Betty Newman, Donald Sunshine, Malenda Trick, Peter Sottong, Karen Swanker and Lindy Kowalczyk. James Steven Farnsworth will play the violin and refreshments will be served. For more information call 239-394-2787 or email clark@malendatrick.com The Local ... Read More »

Spring Jubilee

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With 20,000 eggs at stake, children came armed with Easter baskets, bags, bowls and boxes to hold as many as eggs as they could gather. Members of the Senior Softball team timed the ‘hunt’ with a stopwatch. From start to finish (without a single egg left) took a grand total of 27 seconds! The egg hunt is a small portion of the day’s festivities. Bounce houses, football toss, face painting, golfing, bottle toss, coloring, hula hoop contests, cheerleaders and crafts. You could have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, take a train ride around the lake, go on a laser ... Read More »

Taste of Marco’s 25th Birthday is Festive Affair

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By Don Manley Scott Cutting was the picture of relaxation as he sat in the midst of a high-spirited scene at the Esplanade Shops. The Marco Island resident was, for the first time, taking in the sights, sounds, aromas and tastes of the annual Taste of Marco fundraiser, which brings an assortment of the city’s restaurants and food vendors to the Esplanade courtyard to show off their wares. Cutting, who moved to Collier County eight months ago from Rhode Island, was impressed with all that his senses experienced on April 12. “It’s a wonderful, entertaining event,” he said. “It certainly ... Read More »