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NCH Recognized as AHA Fit-Friendly Worksite

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Submitted NCH Healthcare System has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more. “Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at NCH Healthcare System. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said Lisa Brown, Director Employee Health and Wellness. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our worksite overall.” Platinum-level employers: Offer employees physical activity options in the workplace. Increase healthy ... Read More »

Picture Perfect Pets Photo Contest Winners

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It is a difficult task to select winners in any pet contest when one sees how much love and adoration owners have for have for each entrant. Truly, each pet is a winner in its own right as we cannot shower them with enough affection in return for all of the unconditional love they give us. Critter Café and Coastal Breeze News sponsor this contest as a fun way to show our love for pets and support our favorite animal related charities while doing it. This contest raised several hundred dollars for Canine Cove – ... Read More »

Capri Fire Department Dog Rescue

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Submitted On June 15th, construction workers noticed a dog in a canal and notified the Isles of Capri Fire Rescue. Firefighters responded on Engine 90 to the location. Upon arrival Lieutenant Jorge Lara, Firefighter Chris Mercier and Collier County Firefighter Paramedic Beau Nix quickly located the dog about 75 feet out in the canal. Arthur, a 15 year old English Sheep dog, was struggling in the water and unable to get back over the sea wall. With equipment in hand, firefighters secured Lieutenant Lara to a life line. With lifeline and rescue fins, Lieutenant Lara quickly entered the water and ... Read More »

Catholic Heart Work Camp Experiences Grenada

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Submitted by Lisa Meurgue Pope Francis has proclaimed to the youth of the Catholic Church, “Go forward. Make noise. Do not be afraid!” That is exactly what the San Marco Catholic Youth Group did this past week. San Marco participated for the fourth year in Catholic Heart Work Camp. Various groups have traveled to Tampa and Belize in recent years. This year, the destination was “The Spice Island”, Grenada, in the Caribbean, one hundred miles off the coast of Venezuela. Catholic Heart Work Camp’s mission is “to share the love of Christ as they serve the neglected, brokenhearted and the ... Read More »

Conservancy Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital to Expand

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Dolph and Sharon von Arx Announce $500,000 Grant Match Conservancy of Southwest Florida is expanding the existing wildlife hospital to accommodate the new outdoor wildlife rehabilitation area. The expansion of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital will enable the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to care for a greater number of animals within the wildlife rehabilitation facility by building new wildlife recovery areas, enhancing outside structures and continuing to provide exceptional care for the animals. “As our organization embarks on the next half-century, the need for replacing and expanding our outdoor wildlife rehabilitation and recovery spaces is urgent,” said Lynn Slabaugh, board ... Read More »

City, BAC Help Residents to Adopt a Cul-De-Sac

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By Steve Gimmestad Formally known as a Cul-De-Sac Median (CM), the City of Marco Island Public Works Department, together with the Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC), have worked out a program to help residents adopt and maintain their CMs. The City approved a budget of $1,500 for 2015. The money will be given out in $100 gift cards for up to 15 residents that apply. There are still permits and gift cards available as of this writing. The process of obtaining a permit helps residents understand the needs and restrictions of maintaining a CM in their neighborhoods. One person who went ... Read More »

“Million Dollar Listings: Billionaire’s Coast” Shines Light on Marco’s Luxury Homes

Christina Lusby of WINK-TV interviewing Frank Monti at the Alameda Court home featured in an episode of “Million Dollar Listings: Billionaire’s Coast,” while Cliff Donenfeld looks on.

By Don Manley It’s only natural that Marco Island’s bounty of luxurious homes be included in “Million Dollar Listings: Billionaire’s Coast.” “Everybody wants to be in it,” said Chuck Ardezzone, co-founder, of the 30-minute reality show’s producer, Naples-based In Trouble Zone Productions. “We’ve got Marco, we’ve got Cape Coral. We’ve got all kinds of places.” As the title, “Million Dollar Listings: Billionaire’s Coast,” makes clear, the show focuses on the luxury real estate markets in Collier and Lee counties, and the professional and personal lives of the realtors who deal in multi-million dollar homes. “It’s the high end homes and ... Read More »

MIA Applications Hit All Time High

A-rated Marco Island Academy has record number of applicants. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “Every year it’s going up and up” says Deneen Rose, office manager for Marco Island Academy (MIA), describing the number of student applications received. This year the applications exceeded the school’s 255 student maximum. MIA is now at full capacity, with a waiting list. This is a 50 student increase from last year’s student population. Impressive considering the school opened its doors in 2011, with only 68 students. By its fourth year the school was full, and there was a waiting list for every grade. What is behind the increase? Word of the school’s recent ... Read More »

Wonder Girls Brings Wondrous Changes

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Eighth Grade Girls Grow in Important Ways Thanks to New Program By Don Manley Deborah Passero entered summer with a sense of anticipation regarding the return of the Wonder Girls this fall. Wonder Girls is a 12-week long, after-school program focused on empowering eighth grade girls to adopt healthy lifestyles that was created Passero, the Y’s Healthy Living and membership director, and Carrie Bamberger, a science teacher at Marco Island Charter Middle School. The program, a partnership between the Greater Marco Family YMCA and MICMS, debuted this year, running for 12 weeks, from early February to late April. It will ... Read More »

Hughes Presents Marco in the Making

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Society Presents: “Marco in the Making” with William Hughes on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Rose History Auditorium. Members of the Marco Island Historical Society are admitted free, non-members are asked to pay $5.00. William Hughes and his wife Yvonne moved to the area in 2000 befriending some of this community’s founding families. He became motivated to preserve the history of this region as a matter of respect for those who had created this wonderful community of Marco Island and so has created recordings of Marco’s development through his video productions. ... Read More »

Police/Fire Youth Academy – A Glimpse into the Real World

A chance to crew the police/fire boat.

By Steve Gimmestad Oh, to be a youth once again. At least during the week of June 8-12 when Marco Island’s finest held their annual Police/Fire Youth Academy. An exceptional week where local kids got a chance to learn what firefighters and police officers do on a daily basis. The event is in coordination with Camp Mackle. Fifteen students are selected on a first-come basis and it fills up quickly. This year there was a waiting list which attests to the popularity of the event. “They get to experience what we are trained to do on a daily basis,” says ... Read More »

Fourth of July Fireworks Ready With a Bang

By Don Manley Marco Island’s annual Fourth of July community fireworks display is all set to go. Also on tap are the same Independence Day festivities at Residents’ Beach that have become a tradition for island residents and visitors. Fundraising for the fireworks display, which is put on by the City of Marco Island, was spearheaded by the Marco Island Civic Association and the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Sandi Riedemann, the chamber’s executive director, said the $42,000 cost of this year’s fireworks display was secured about two weeks ago, thanks to a $21,000 contribution from the City of Marco ... Read More »

Breezy, the Basket Case

Breezy’s comfortable contortions. PHOTOS BY VAL AND JESSICA SIMON

By Val Simon As they say – it is a dog’s life. I don’t know what ‘they’ meant by that, but Breezy gets a lot more sleep and rest time than I do. He’s settling into a ‘boring’ routine which includes going outside to do his business, eating, laying around the house, or if meetings aren’t scheduled and events don’t need covering, he comes to the office with me where he can find much more ‘action’. As Breezy got older, we began to have faith he didn’t have to be put in the crate. It started slowly at first; a ... Read More »

Everglades City Parade June 27

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Submitted Historic Everglades City is always first – the first Collier County seat and now the first in the area to celebrate Independence Day. The annual family-fun festival to commemorate America’s founding will be on Saturday, June 27, this year. The Opening Ceremony is at 10:00 a.m. on the steps of City Hall (the former county courthouse). That is followed at 10:30 a.m. by the Patriotic Parade, the theme of which this year is “Stars & Stripes”. There are prizes for the best floats which may be anything from golf carts to swamp buggies. The fun continues in McLeod Park when booths open at 11:00 ... Read More »

Police and Fire Departments Open Doors

Sharon McCarthy, the Marco police department’s administrative assistant, selects a toy badge for Ocean Musgrave, 5.

By Don Manley Children’s laughter and the smiles of adults were in generous supply as they toured the facilities of Marco Island’s police and fire-rescue departments. They were there for the departments’ June 20, joint open house, which gave the community the opportunity to chat with the island’s emergency responders and gets a bird’s eye view of the equipment they use on the job. Held at police headquarters and fire-rescue department Station 50, located behind city hall, the open house was indeed kid friendly, with vehicle displays – including fire-engine tours, fire safety games and prizes. There were also free ... Read More »

Fourth Quarter Honor Rolls

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Submitted Collier County School District released the honor rolls for the fourth quarter of the 2014-15 school year. Listed below are the honor roll students from reporting schools which fall into the Coastal Breeze News distribution area. Congratulations to all the students!   Everglades City High School Mark Brown, Haylee Ellison, Ashlyn Goff, Savannah Humphreys, Bryce Kish, Savannah Oglesby, Dalton Patt, Ana Roldan, Brandon Steffen, Tawny Wood. Everglades City Middle School Alexis Hendrickson Lely High School Jessica Andrade, Ellen Angersbach, Victor Arreguin, Hannah Barth, Diana Becerril, Esperanza Berduo-Castillo, Nicole Brotzman, Amanda Brown, Alondra Castillo, Jackelin Castillo, Areesa Chaudhry, Brandy Cordes, ... Read More »

The Dining Diary – Snook Inn

Snook Inn has dockage aplenty. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Ms. Vittles I find Thursday’s are a great night to dine out. Busy enough to make a place lively but not stand-in-line busy. This week’s choice is another dining landmark – Marco Island’s own Snook Inn. Snook Inn is celebrating 30 years on the Island and still has the same owners. No matter your mode of travel, Snook Inn is easily accessible for casual dining seven days a week. We started our evening under the chickee hut, having a cold one at the bar waiting for our other guests to arrive. Having Stella and Red Hook on tap made ... Read More »

Marco Writers to Meet

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Submitted The July 8 meeting of Marco Island Writers, Inc., will include an Ice Cream Social and Book Swap. Members and guests are asked to bring books to swap. Leftover books will be donated to the Bombay Book Den. Also, there will be continuing discussions regarding problems writers face. Thanks to Gwen DeCrow, founder and former president of MIW for leading group discussions at the June meeting. Marco Island Writers meet at the Marco Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Dr. the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Meetings run from 6-8pm. First time visitors are ... Read More »

NCH Healthcare System “High Performing”

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Submitted U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals has unveiled the broadest expansion of its analysis of hospital quality since it began ranking medical centers 25 years ago. The new Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings cover nearly every hospital in the country and evaluate each one in five common surgical procedures and medical conditions that account for millions of hospitalizations a year. “It’s rewarding to see that the system-wide focus on quality and collaboration among our physicians, caregivers, and other colleagues has resulted in NCH being ranked “best in region” by U.S. News for the fifth consecutive ... Read More »

May Real Estate Prices Up!

By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties compare May 2015 to May 2014. With inventory decreasing 14.55% from a year ago for all properties, volume sold also decreased from $83,435,064 in May 2014 to $72,929,740 in May 2015, according to Susan Ackerson, President. As always, please contact a local Realtor® professional if you have any questions. (Average sale price is total sales in dollars divided by the number of sales and median sale price means 50% of sales were above and 50% of sales were below.) The number ... Read More »