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Botana Named “Citizen of the Year”

Maria Botana, left, was honored by the Golden Gate Civic Association during the 2014 Citizens of the Year Banquet, Nov. 13, 2014. She was joined by fellow honorees, from left, Carol Fries of the Golden Gate Kiwanis Club, Public Service Employee of the Year; Pat Meulenberg of the Golden Gate Fire & Rescue District; Pat and Michael LaMendola, who accepted the award from the Rotary Club of Naples-Collier on behalf of the late Mario LaMendola. Photo Credit: Kaydee Tuff

Maria Botana of IBERIABANK was recognized as “Citizen of the Year” by the Golden Gate President’s Council at a reception on Nov. 13.  Botana, who serves as vice president and branch manager for IBERIABANK’s Golden Gate office located at 5247 Golden Gate Parkway, is well known for her volunteerism and professionalism. She has been a banker in Southwest Florida for nearly 35 years and has helped many non-profits, families and businesses. “The Golden Gate Civic Association held a strategy meeting at the start of the year to identify specific areas of opportunity for our community. Bringing businesses together to foster ... Read More »

Lynn Kittelson, REALTOR, joins the Sandlin Team at RE/MAX

Lynn Kittelson

We are excited to announce that Lynn Kittelson has joined the ranks of the Sandlin Team as our newest Realtor Partner.  Lynn, born and raised in Osseo, Wisconsin.   She earned her Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Lynn’s 12 years’ experience working for two Naples area high end resorts in the hospitality & service industry as well as her local real estate experience & her love of the Marco Island and Naples area amenities and lifestyle are a winning combination for our clients. Lynn and her fiancé Kevin love spending their time outdoors on the water ... Read More »

MARCO ISLAND REAL ESTATE MARKET UP

Bette McGilvray, President Marco Island Area Association of Realtors 2014

OCTOBER 2014 TO OCTOBER 2013 COMPARISON MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties compare October 2014 to October 2013. Marco Island MLS Statistics, for Marco Island only property, continues to be a seller’s market, according to Bette McGilvray, 2014 President, Marco Island Area Association of Realtors. Active inventory continues to decrease from a year ago and pending statistics for all property types are Single Family Home Activity: Fewer new single family homes were listed in October 2014 v. October 2013. The percentage was down 4.69% (61 v. 64). The total number ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo

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The Bingo Committee celebrates its 16th season at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The public is welcome! Read More »

Red Tide

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in southwest Florida. Satellite images from early this week produced by the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show patches that extend approximately 50 miles alongshore and up to 35 miles offshore, depending on location, between Collier and Monroe counties. More recent satellite images are not available due to cloud cover. Karenia brevis concentrations range from background to medium alongshore and offshore of Lee and Collier counties.  In several samples collected in the Pine Island Sound system (Lee and Charlotte counties), background concentrations have been detected.  ... Read More »

WORLD AIDS DAY

Planned Parenthood of Collier County knows that knowledge saves lives, and Monday, Dec. 1 – World AIDS Day – is the perfect time to act on that notion. Free and confidential rapid HIV testing will be available that day at its Naples and Immokalee locations. No appointment is necessary. Testing hours are noon to 3:30 p.m. All it takes is a simple finger prick, and results are available in as little as 20 minutes. To make the wait easier – even beautiful – those who get tested that afternoon can pass the time by receiving a free MAC makeup application. ... Read More »

Anchoring Regulation Survey

Interested parties on potential anchoring regulations on Florida waters should contribute their thoughts on this subject through an online survey FWC has developed in response to feedback received at three prior public meetings this year. This survey has crucial explanatory language in the form of a video and audio messages (text options are available). To minimize the risk of confusion please listen to the messages in their entirety. Immediately following each video or audio message are questions specifically related to the information contained in that message. It is desired to obtain the most widespread response possible from all parties with ... Read More »

TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE

Local Letter Carriers will help Santa and The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program on Saturday, December 6th. Toys left by mailboxes will be collected for distribution by The Salvation Army to underprivileged children. Residents are encouraged to leave a new, unwrapped toy by their mail box on Saturday, December 6th. The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is directed by the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, with the assistance of his staff, from the Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity, is the ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY Road Report

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. I-75 at CR 886/Golden Gate Parkway:  Construction project:  Crews widen the southbound-off ramp to include two dedicated right turn lanes, a shared right/left turn lane, and two dedicated left turn lanes.  The project also replaces traffic signals and resurfaces the intersection and ramp.  Work occurs during daytime and nighttime hours.  Motorists should expect lane closures during nighttime/overnight hours from 5:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. and during daytime hours from 10:00 ... Read More »

NOTICE OF JOINT PUBLIC WORKSHOP

BOARD OF COLLIER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MARCO ISLAND CITY COUNCIL Notice is hereby given that the Collier County Board of County Commissioners and the Marco Island City Council will hold a joint workshop at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Board of County Commissioners chambers, third floor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34112.   This meeting will be broadcast live on Collier Television and via colliergov.net. Discussion topics include, but are not limited to: 1)          Ambulance Service 2)          Funding for Arterial Roadways 3)          Improvements to Goodland Road 4)          Park Impact Fees 5)          Signage and Parking ... Read More »

Red grouper conservation measures approved by FWC

At its meeting in Key Largo on Nov. 20, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved lowering of the red grouper recreational bag limit from four to two fish per person in Gulf of Mexico state waters, excluding Monroe County. The Commission hopes that this change will mean an increase in the length of the recreational red grouper season in federal waters, which closed early this year because the recreational catch limit was exceeded in 2013. A two-fish bag limit was initially requested by Florida anglers and for-hire captains to help maximize fishing opportunities for red grouper, especially ... Read More »

Public Safety Center Opens at Mile Marker 63

For decades, motorists traveling across Alligator Alley from Miami to Naples were often very far away from first responders if they got into trouble. All of that changed Nov. 6 when a long-awaited public safety center opened at mile marker 63. The county has been working to get an emergency services center on Alligator Alley for more than 25 years. Then-Ochopee Fire Chief Vince Doerr initially made the request to the state in 1988, before Alligator Alley became a four-lane road. The Ochopee Fire Department, which staffs the new station, has been the department responsible for responding to incidents on ... Read More »

ROOKERY OFFERS NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

~Participants sharpen their nature photography skills both in the classroom and the field~ Relative newcomers to digital SLR (single lens reflex) nature photography will be able to build on their skills at a two-session nature photography workshop to be held at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center on Dec. 18 and 19, 2014. Only five photographers may participate in the two-part class, which will address nature photography techniques led by reserve educator and photographer Dave Graff. The classroom session will teach a variety of photography techniques including spot metering, composition and depth of field, among others. A discussion about the ethics ... Read More »

Water Works Lunch Program

Conservancy of Southwest Florida invites community to Jan. 14 Water Works lunch and program to focus on water advocacy Clean water is essential to all life, the basis of the Southwest Florida community and the foundation of its economy. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is hosting the premier of Water Works, a luncheon to support Southwest Florida’s most valuable natural resource, water. The event will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. at Naples Yacht Club. The event includes a three-course, sit-down luncheon, and a meet and greet and keynote presentation by National Geographic’s Joel K. Bourne, an ... Read More »

November is Manatee Awareness Month!

Manatees have long been a part of the Florida ecosystem. Scientists have even discovered fossils in Florida from ancient relatives of the manatee dating back more than 45 million years. Unfortunately, manatees are currently an endangered species. Even with laws in place to protect the species, they face threats of accidentally being hit by motorboats or becoming entangled in fishing nets. The best way to help save our gentle giants is to be aware of your surroundings. Boat owners can help reduce the risk of hitting manatees by respecting No Wake Zones and Manatee Zones. Boaters should try to stay in deep water channels and avoid ... Read More »

SNOWFEST

NEW LOCATION * NEW HOURS * NEW ATTRACTIONS There’s snow in the forecast for Saturday, Dec. 6, as Collier County Parks and recreation hosts the 29th annual Snowfest. The event, which will be held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., welcomes more than 15,000 people who want to see snow in Florida and celebrate the winter holiday. This year, Snowfest will be held at a new location, the Golden Gate Community Center – 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, with new hours and many new attractions. These include: SNOWGLOBE LIVE:  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a snowglobe? Here’s ... Read More »

Creek Course at Fiddler’s Creek

For the 10th consecutive year, The Creek Course at Fiddler’s Creek is ranked among Golfweek Magazine’s Top 100 Residential Golf Courses in the country. Designed by acclaimed golf course designer Arthur Hills, The Creek Course is the only golf course in Southwest Florida to earn this recognition 10 years in a row. The 18-hole, Par 72 Creek Course is designed in harmony with the community’s lush natural surroundings and features a series of holes that are strategic and challenging, yet accessible for golfers of all skill levels. It was reviewed by more than 700 course raters from across the United States ... Read More »

SUN-N-FUN LAGOON Open Through NOVEMBER 30

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park will open up for the Collier County schools’ Thanksgiving Break from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on through Sunday, Nov. 30. The park is offering a special discount for the winter holiday break for Collier County residents. Residents with a Florida driver’s license showing a Collier County address will receive $2 off any entry for those 48 inches tall or taller (normally $13). Individuals less than 48-inches tall enter for $6, and children 3 and under enter free. Sales tax added to all fees. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park Facility Attractions: One waterslide drops into the 1,200 foot long ... Read More »

SPECIAL OLYMPICS COLLIER COUNTY NEEDS ASSISTANT COACHES FOR CYCLING, TENNIS, TRACK & FIELD AND SOCCER FOR THE 2015 SEASON

DATES: 10 January 2015 to 9 May 2015 DAYS OF PRACTICE AND TIMES: Every Saturday 9:30–11:00 am (There will be some Saturdays where there will be no practice due to holidays and other school commitments). LOCATION: Golden Gate High School, 2925 Titan Lane, Naples 34116. COMPETITION DATES:   1 March 2015 County Games at GGHS 8:00 am-2:00 pm. Coaches are expected to be at games. 21 March 2015 Area Games at GGHS 8:00 am-2:00 pm. Coaches are expected to be at games. 15-17 May 2015 Two night overnight trip to Disney World, State Games (Not all Asst. Coaches needed). ASSISTANT COACH REQUIREMENTS: Must be a Class A volunteer with Special Olympics (requires a background check) and ... Read More »

Collier County Parks Newest Regional Park

Collier County Parks and Recreation is turning to the tech-savvy public to garner input on the county’s newest regional park. Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park, located at 825 39th Ave. NE in Golden Gate Estates, was designed in 2006 and then put on hold during the economic downturn when the county did not have the funds to take on large capital projects. As the economy rebounds, Parks and Recreation is once again gearing up to deliver the long-awaited park. But one question remains: Does the park plan developed in 2006 meet the needs and expectations of the community today? To get ... Read More »