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The Marco Players Launches 40th Season! 1974 – 2014

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When The Marco Players raises the curtain for its 2014-2015 Season, the oldest not-for-profit theater on Marco Island will launch its 40th season of live performance art with Main Productions, Special Productions and a Lunch Box Series. Started in 1974 as a children’s play reading group, it was eventually re-created as an adult community theater known as The Marco Island Players.  Originally, a for-profit theater, the Players incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the mid 70’s and is now known as The Marco Players. Season subscriptions offer discounted ticket prices. Tickets are now on sale at www.TheMarcoPlayers.com or call the ... Read More »

LOCAL TOP REAL ESTATE AGENT RETURNS TO RE/MAX

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Pat Wilkins signs on with RE/MAX Affinity Plus After a brief period with another franchise company, local top-­?producing real estate agent Pat Wilkins has returned to RE/MAX Affinity Plus in Marco Island, FL. Wilkins is one of the area’s most reputable agents having worked real estate in Marco Island and Naples since 1978. In 2009, 2010 and 2013 he was the top selling agent on Marco Island. “We’re thrilled to have Pat back with RE/MAX Affinity Plus as he exemplifies the professionalism and quality of RE/MAX agents that serve this community,” said Debra Meredith-­?Peters, Managing Broker of RE/MAX Affinity Plus, ... Read More »

Guadalupe Center announces save the date for Jan. 14 Fire & Ice signature fundraiser

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Elements of fire and ice will create a dynamic backdrop for the Guadalupe Center’s signature fundraiser Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. The annual event, themed “Fire & Ice: Igniting the Flame of Learning,” is chaired by Sandy Vasey and Linda Yost, longtime supporters of the Guadalupe Center. The event helps provide financial support for education, mentoring and social enrichment programs that provide more than 1,000 children in Immokalee with a better opportunity for a successful future. Fire & Ice will offer a night of live musical entertainment, a gourmet dinner and the opportunity to ... Read More »

“Portraits of Paradise” Art Exhibit

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The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host Portraits of Paradise, a photographic art collection by wildlife photographer, Captain Bruce Hitchcock. Native Floridian, Wildlife Photographer and local fishing guide, Bruce Hitchcock has been photographing spectacular landscapes, plants, birds and other Everglades creatures for over 20 years while mostly from a kayak which offers a distinct perspective to the viewer. The artist reception hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, which is free and open to the public, will be held Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Golf Tournament

Christmas Island Style Golf Tournament celebrated the following winners. Congratulations to all who participated making this a great event.   1st Place: Walter Kroschel, Ron Myers, Bob Crine, Michael Hook 2nd Place: Bob Belloise, Brian Gilmore, Brian Berryman, Hunter Nicholl 3rd Place: John James, Bruce Robertson, Mary Vertin, Justin Hanna Longest Drive for Men – Brian Berryman Longest Drive for Ladies – Lorraine Keen Closest to Pin: Men – Chris Evenson Closet to Pin: Ladies – Di Di Wooller   Read More »

Seasoned Real Estate Professionals Form the New DeHanas Team at Affinity Plus

After many successful years serving the Marco Island and Naples communities, seasoned Real Estate professionals A.J. and Rachel DeHanas have joined together to form the DeHanas Team at RE/MAX Affinity Plus.  These dynamic real estate professionals have earned numerous accolades affirming their proven expertise and experience, including the RE/MAX Platinum Club award, the Top 100 RE/MAX International award, and the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.  A.J. and Rachel DeHanas have been following their passion and helping people with their real estate transactions for more than 45 years combined. “Our Team concept means you have a family team of specialists dedicated to ... Read More »

The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau was recognized for excellence in tourism marketing at the 47th annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism during the Flagler Awards, named after named for the late railroad and hotel magnate Henry Flagler, often referred to as the Father of Florida Tourism. The Flagler Awards were established in 2000 to recognize outstanding tourism marketing in Florida. Annually, the Flagler Awards honor many of the countless individuals and organizations that help maintain and improve Florida’s position as one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. Based on the judges’ cumulative scores, awards were presented to ... Read More »

Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament

The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida are jointly hosting the Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8, 2014. Registration has opened for this fundraiser, which will engage local anglers in a catch-and-release challenge with proceeds benefiting both organizations. Men, women and children anglers are invited to participate. This two-day event begins Friday evening with the captains’ meeting and reception for all anglers and includes cocktail party, live and silent auctions, and raffles at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. On Saturday, anglers may depart from any location they choose within tournament boundaries – from Gordon ... Read More »

Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament

The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida are jointly hosting the Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8, 2014. Registration has opened for this fundraiser, which will engage local anglers in a catch-and-release challenge with proceeds benefiting both organizations. Men, women and children anglers are invited to participate. This two-day event begins Friday evening with the captains’ meeting and reception for all anglers and includes cocktail party, live and silent auctions, and raffles at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. On Saturday, anglers may depart from any location they choose within tournament boundaries – from Gordon ... Read More »

NCH Announces Opening of First NCH Concierge Medicine Practice

The NCH Healthcare System announces the opening of NCH Concierge Medicine. This new personalized health assessment and health management program offers increased access to a personal physician. Robert Hanson, M.D., Family Medicine, and Jesse Haven, M.D., Family Medicine, are the first physicians to join the NCH Concierge Medicine practice. Drs Hanson and Haven have been providing care to local patients for 22 and 13 years, respectively and will be accepting a limited number of patients in the new practice. Dr. Hanson is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He graduated from the University of Florida, College of ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

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Fiddler’s Creek announces that a selection of completed inventory homes by Stock Signature Homes is available in three distinctive villages within the luxury, master-planned community. In the village of Isla del Sol, Stock has built the Grand Calais II, a fully furnished model home with 3,597 air-conditioned square feet. The Grand Calais II features four bedrooms, four full baths and one half bath. The residence has a desirable split floor plan with a centrally located great room and library/study located just steps off the main foyer and entry. There also is a formal dining room with an adjoining kitchen and breakfast ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Reserve

Rookery Bay Reserve staff and volunteers join other dedicated volunteers and professionals to count shorebirds at more than 1,000 locations across six continents as part of the inaugural World Shorebirds Day. Beverly Anderson, Rookery Bay Reserve Research Associate, and Deborah Woods, Rookery Bay Reserve and Collier County Shorebird Steward volunteer, counted all birds seen along a three-mile route at Tigertail/Sand Dollar beach and lagoon at the north end of Marco Island. The location was chosen because the sandy beach, dunes and mudflats in the Big Marco Pass Critical Wildlife Area serve as important year-round feeding and resting areas for breeding, ... Read More »

Special Olympics Florida (SOFL)

Collier County awarded the 2013 Patrick Solis Inspirational Athlete of the Year Award to Latasha Gardner of Immokalee, FL. Latasha is a versatile athlete who competes in cycling, bowling, basketball, rhythmic dance, soccer, and flag football with SOFL – Collier County. Her dedication, sportsmanship, and hard work in all of these sports have allowed her to excel and to achieve numerous awards and accolades at both local and state levels. Coach Kelly Stevenson states “Latasha is a great athlete with excellent sportsmanship, and she is always willing to help out no matter what you ask her to do.” Latasha’s love ... Read More »

DEP SURPASSES GOAL TO SELL $40 MILLION IN LAND SALES TO BENEFIT CONSERVATION

The department sold two correctional facilities to raise funds for conservation purchases The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands has surpassed the goal of selling $40 million of non-conservation land to purchase new, valuable conservation lands. The division finalized the sale of two more state-owned surplus non-conservation lands on Monday, Sept. 15, increasing the budget for future purchases to $43,991,070. The move supports the vision of the 2014-2015 Legislature, which gave the department the authority to sell up to $40 million worth of non-conservation land. The department can now ask the legislature for authorization to spend the additional funds over ... Read More »

CABINET APPROVES TWO CONSERVATION LAND ACQUISITIONS TO PROTECT FLORIDA’S ENVIRONMENT

Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet approved the acquisition of more than 1,275 acres to protect environmentally sensitive areas in Monroe and Washington counties. This approval is the final step before land can be purchased for these two Florida Forever projects. Governor Scott said, “This more than $4-million investment will protect our springs and environment to ensure future generations can continue to enjoy Florida’s natural treasures.” “Governor Scott and the Cabinet took important steps today to protect two very different, but equally important areas of Florida,” said DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. “While each of these projects has ... Read More »

Collier County Housing and Human Services Provides Prescription Drug Savings to Collier Residents

Collier County Housing and Human Services (HHS) have teamed up with Coast2CoastRX to provide savings on the high cost of prescription drugs. Through this partnership, Collier County HHS is making free prescription discount cards available to Collier County residents. Participants could save up to 75 percent off the retail price of prescription medications, and can use the card at more than 60,000 participating pharmacies across the country. Even the furry family members can benefit from this program as many pet prescriptions are covered. “We are happy to be able to provide the means to financial relief to those that need ... Read More »

Floridians hunting deer out of state need to be aware of CWD laws

Florida hunters planning to hunt deer, moose or elk out of state this year need to be aware of certain laws and regulations aimed at preventing chronic wasting disease (CWD) from entering our state. CWD is a contagious neurological disease that has been found in captive and wild cervids (white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose and elk) within 22 states, two Canadian provinces and in South Korea. The disease causes degeneration of the brains of infected animals, resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death. There is no known evidence that CWD can be transmitted to livestock or humans. The disease ... Read More »

The City of Naples Airport Authority

The Naples City council appointed Donna Messer and Raymond Stricklen to the board of commissioners of the City of Naples Airport Authority. The board includes five citizen volunteers, each appointed a four-year term to govern the airport authority. Messer and Stricklen are replacing John Allen and Cormac Giblin, whose terms expired. Other commissioners are Dick Evans, John Nocera and James Rideoutte. Messer founded Carl Ryan Associates LLC, a Naples firm that specializes in coaching, mentoring, team building and facilitation, in 2006. She has been affiliated with Kansas-based Overland Resource Group since 2008, consulting on labor-management collaboration. She previously spent three ... Read More »

New Online Off-Road Vehicle Training Course Available

Effective September 19, 2014, Big Cypress National Preserve will offer an online opportunity for visitors to complete the off-road vehicle operator course. Since 2000, visitors have been required to take a training course, in person at the off-road vehicle office, during office hours. Unlike before, this new online course will be available to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Upon successful completion of the course individuals can print a form to present at the ORV Office to receive their operators permit.  A computer will continue to be available at the off-road vehicle office for those who do not have internet access. The training course ... Read More »

Little Rock Foundation

The Little Rock Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children who are blind or visually impaired initiated a bill into law establishing October as “Blindness Awareness Month.” In October 2010, the City of Naples proclaimed October as Blindness Awareness Month and World Sight Day. On October 9, 2012 The Collier County Board of Commissioners presented Lighthouse of Collier with a proclamation from the County. Studies indicate that over 14,000 persons in Collier County live with blindness or significant vision loss. Although blindness and vision loss largely affects senior citizen; accident, disease, genetics and other causes can ... Read More »