Coastal Breeze News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:35:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Local Referendums Have Surprise Endings Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:18:34 +0000 By Noelle H. Lowery

Prior to Tuesday, Aug. 26, most folks were calling the referendums on Marco Island and Isles of Capri too close to call.

Not anymore.

Some 3,928 Marco Islanders cast their ballot on the non-binding referendum question regarding the construction of a new Mackle Park Community Center: “Shall the city expend up to $3.5 million to construct a new community center up to 16,000 square feet at Mackle Park?” With 2,059 yes votes, the referendum passed by a margin of 52.42 percent to 47.58 percent.

On Capri, firefighters, their families and community supporters spent the day rallying support for their “vote no” campaign on Collier County’s referendum regarding the proposed annexation of the Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue District into the East Naples-Golden Gate Fire Control and Rescue District. The efforts paid dividends.

When polls closed Tuesday, the results revealed a narrow race with just 559 ballots cast. In the end, though, the firefighters prevailed, and 286 people —or 51.16 percent —voted against the annexation, while 273 —or 48.84 percent —voted in favor for it.

Now the real work starts in both communities.  The Marco Island City Council must decide whether or not to honor the results and move forward with the new community center, and Collier County and Capri must work out the confusing and disputed funding issues surrounding the operation of the ICFRD.

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Conservancy of Southwest Florida 2014 Red Snook Tournament set for Oct. 24-26 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:09:49 +0000 This year’s tournament features lower entry fees, new kayak division and honorary chair Oliver White

The 2014 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament will be held Oct. 24-26, and supports the water quality protection and gamefish research conducted by Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

New this year is the kayak fishing division, which has become increasingly popular in Southwest Florida for recreational fishing. Anglers will enjoy lower entry fees than in years past.  Also new this year is the honorary chair, Oliver White.  White is a famed salt water fly fisher and entrepreneur. Brands from Costa Sunglasses to G. Loomis have endorsed and partnered with Oliver to promote their products and message. Jungle Fish, a recent short film he starred in, won the Lightstays Conservation Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, while an upcoming book and a television series in-the-works demonstrate his capabilities as a leading authority on the sport.

The event is sponsored by Wayne A. Meland, of Morgan Stanley.  “The RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament is a reminder of one of the treasures of our region – our waterways,” says Meland. “Without clean and abundant supplies of water, recreational and sport fishing would be a thing of the past.”

Last year’s tournament netted a record $140,000 to support the Conservancy’s water quality initiatives.

For a complete schedule of events, anglers and sponsors can register or learn more at

“We believe that blue-green algae, red tide and polluted waterways are everyday reminders that all is not well in this paradise we love,” said Conservancy President and CEO Rob Moher. “We recognize that the quality of our environment is linked to our economic viability, recreation and enjoyment of all this area has to offer.”

Over the years, the RedSnook Tournament has helped support the water quality protection work of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, including:

• Working with decision-makers to communicate and to understand the importance of clean water to Southwest Florida’s overall economy and quality of life;

• Providing assistance and expertise to planned projects in order to minimize pollution – and in some cases actually enhance the quality of water that ultimately flows into local waterways;

• Creating the “Estuaries Report Card” which rates the condition of our region’s vital waters every five years including recommendations for improving overall water quality;

• Working to limit the amount of pollution from the north that enters Southwest Florida’s beautiful bays and estuaries;

• Researching and monitoring juvenile gamefish habitats to ensure abundant future fish populations;

• Helping to restore natural water flows to the Western Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands; and

• Helping to protect environmental jewels such as Ten Thousand Islands, Big Cypress, Estero Bay, the Cocohatchee Slough and the Caloosahatchee River.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida began 50 years ago when community leaders came together to defeat a proposed “Road to Nowhere” and spearheaded the acquisition and protection of Rookery Bay. The Conservancy is a not-for-profit grassroots organization focused on the critical environmental issues of the Southwest Florida region, including Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties, with a mission to protect the region’s water, land and wildlife. Conservancy of Southwest Florida and its Nature Center are located in Naples, Fla. at 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road.

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LEARN, GROW, THRIVE AT THE Y! YMCA Afterschool Program Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:07:02 +0000 The Greater Marco Family YMCA Afterschool program offers more than a safe place for your child. Our program nurtures a child’s potential to ensure the development of healthy, trusting relationships that build confidence and character. We serve children 5 through 12 years of age.

We offer affordable care options which include financial assistance for qualifying YMCA Afterschool meets all of your needs: safety assurance, homework assistance and enrichment programs.We look forward to seeing your child at the Y on August 18th!

Afterschool, recreation, and enrichment for your child before and after school Program Benefits

Homework Assistance

Nutritious Snacks

Y Fit (Youth Wellness Class)

Dance and Tumbling

Character Development

Service Learning

Educational Enrichment

YMCA Tennis, Sports and Aquatics

Structured Recreation Activities, and much more!


101 Sandhill Street, Marco Island FL 34145


Enroll Today at the Marco Family YMCA

(p) 239-394-3144 (f) 239-394-8367



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PCI Remembers Hurricane Charley: 10 Year Anniversary Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:05:29 +0000 The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is remembering the lives lost and those who were significantly impacted by the aftermath of Hurricane Charley nearly 10 years ago this month. As we mark this historic anniversary, PCI reminds homeowners, renters, and business owners that the active part of hurricane season is just beginning. In addition, PCI encourages those living in hurricane prone states to use the anniversary as an opportunity to take necessary steps now to prepare for the remainder of the 2014 storm season.

“Hurricane Charley made landfall as a strong category 4 storm with winds up to 150 mph and it packed a major punch to southwest Florida” said PCI’s counsel for state government relations, Donovan Brown. “I witnessed first-hand how this storm ripped through communities and uprooted thousands of lives. While the state of Florida bounced back even stronger after Charley and the four hurricanes that hit the state in 2004, it’s important to remember that it takes just one storm to cause billions of dollars in damage and alter lives. PCI and its members encourage you to take steps now to stormproof your home and become both financially and physically prepared for severe weather. Although you can count on the insurance industry being there in the aftermath of a storm to help policyholders get back on their feet, we can’t stress enough the importance of advance preparation.”

If you haven’t already done so, PCI recommends you contact your insurance company or agent and review your insurance policies, including your hurricane deductible and coverages. For more Hurricane Preparedness Tips, visit PCI’s Hurricane Headquarters.

Attached is a Hurricane Charley Info-graphic, and PCI’s Donovan Brown is available for interviews.

It Only Takes One: PCI Mitigation Steps to Prepare Your Property 

Evaluate your home and other property for vulnerable points. Review building codes. Fortify your windows, doors and roof.

Keep plywood, extra parts for hurricane shutters, and other storm-proofing items on hand.

Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.

Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive damage

Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.

Determine how and where to secure your boat.

Install a generator for emergencies.

If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.

Consider building a safe room.

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Audition Call! The Marco Players announces 40th Anniversary Season Shows! Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:03:49 +0000 Calling all actors! Be part of The Marco Players’ 40th 2014-2015 Season. Established in 1974, the oldest not-for-profit community theater on Marco Island will kick off the celebration with a 70’s theme. “Can you dig it?”

All those interested in auditioning for TMP’s shows are encouraged to contact us at or call Beverly Dahlstrom, President/Artistic Director at 239-404-5198 to schedule a private audition.

Visit to learn more about cast openings, preview of scripts and rehearsal dates. Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz

Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare. Becky’s New Car is a “cool” comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.

Directed by: Greg Madera

Audition Date: Sat., August 23, 2014. Schedule your private audition now. or 239-404-5198

Show Dates: January 7 thru January 25, 2015



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New Physician Joins Florida Gynecologic Oncology Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:03:19 +0000 Florida Gynecologic Oncology, a division of 21st Century Oncology, is pleased to announce the addition of Gynecologic Oncologist Samith Sandadi, M.D., MSc., to its practice. Florida Gynecologic Oncology provides high quality, personalized care to women with complex gynecologic problems and suspected diagnosed cancers of the female reproductive tract.

Dr. Sandadi will be joining the team of distinguished physicians at Florida Gynecologic Oncology who have held, or currently hold, faculty appointments in academic departments of obstetrics and gynecology, have published hundreds of scientific papers and book chapters, and have received numerous awards for their contributions to women’s cancer care.

“Dr. Sandadi’s clinical expertise, combined with his extensive academic credentials, make him the perfect addition to our practice,” says James Orr, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S., Board Certified Gynecologist with Florida Gynecologic Oncology. “We are committed to providing women with state-of-the-art care delivered in a warm and caring environment.”

After earning his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Fla., Dr. Sandadi went on to complete residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He then completed fellowship training in Gynecologic Oncology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, N.Y.  Dr. Sandadi has also written several peer-reviewed journal articles and publications.

Dr. Sandadi is now accepting new patients at Florida Gynecologic Oncology, inside Regional Cancer Center in Fort Myers located at 8931 Colonial Center Drive, Suite 400.

For more information about our services, visit or call 239-334-6626.


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COLLIER COUNTY MUSEUMS CELEBRATES THE LIFE AND ART OF ROB STORTER Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:02:44 +0000 The Marco Island Historical Museum presents Rob Storter’s “Artwork of the Everglades”, an illustrated guide to the Everglades history.  The exhibit runs from Sept. 2, to Oct. 31, 2014 and will include an opening reception onTuesday, Sept. 2, 5-7 p.m., hosted by the Marco Island Historical Society.  Light refreshments will be served and admission is offered at no cost.

The Museum of the Everglades will also honor Storter with the exhibit, “History of Fishing in the Glades through the Eyes of Rob Storter”.  The display will take place through September and include a reception on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 1-3 p.m. at the Museum of the Everglades.

Robert Lee Storter was born Sept. 30, 1894 in Everglades City, Florida.  He lived an abundant 92 years of life as a guide, fisherman, poet and artist who chronicled what it was like in the “earlier” days of Collier County.  Storter’s exhibit “Artwork of the Everglades” transports viewers to his remote, half-wild frontier of Southwest Florida in the early part of the twentieth century. This illustrated journey features great swamps, estuaries, and the fantastic array of plants and animal life of a time gone by. Rob‘s grasp of the Everglades is demonstrated through his work, as it looks back over a life closely linked to the water; recording how mechanized methods have obscured the more simple approach of fishing.

The exhibits also tell the story of family and community triumphs and its setbacks. Rob Storter knew the Everglades before commercial fishing, real estate development, drainage projects, and tourism changed the region forever. His illustrations offer a glimpse into the wonders of the Everglades during his time and the mixed benefits of progress and the responsibilities of stewardship.

For more information about the exhibits, please contact the museum at (239) 642-1440 or visit  Museum opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is complimentary to visitors.

About Collier County Museums: More than 10,000 years of Southwest Florida history is on display at Collier County Museums’ five locations – the main museum in Naples, Everglades City, Immokalee, the Naples Depot Museum in downtown Naples, and Marco Island Historical Museum. The main location is located just five minutes east of downtown Naples at 3331 Tamiami Trail East in Naples. The Museum’s five-acre site includes a native plant garden, two early Naples cottages, a logging locomotive, swamp buggy and a WWII Sherman tank. The main facility is open Monday through Friday, from 9 am until 5 pm.  Admission is free and the site is handicapped accessible. For more information, visit or call (239) 252-8476.

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Wine Legend Marchese Piero Antinori Named Honored Vintner for 2015 Naples Winter Wine Festival Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:00:46 +0000 Antinori One of 41 Preeminent Vintners Selected to Attend Festival

Marchese Piero Antinori, president of Marchesi Antinori, one of the most historic and prestigious names in Italian winemaking, has been selected as the Honored Vintner for the 2015 Naples Winter Wine Festival (NWWF), a premier charity wine auction. The Naples Winter Wine Festival, which will take place from January 23-25 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, FL, also unveiled 40 other world-renowned vintners who will participate in the 2015 festival.

“I am excited and thrilled for having been selected as the 2015 Honored Vintner,” said Marchese Piero Antinori. “It’s the first time that an Italian producer has received such an honor at the Naples Winter Wine Festival, and I consider it a great tribute to all wines and vintners of my country.”

Each year, one vintner, who has significantly contributed to the Naples Winter Wine Festival, is asked to represent his/her fellow vintners. Marchesi Antinori, which dates back to the 14th century and now boasts 27 generations of wine producers, is famous for three of the world’s most iconic wines: Tignanello, Solaia, and Guado al Tasso. Regarded as a pioneer and innovator, Marchese Piero Antinori has almost single-handedly changed the way wine is produced in Italy, having been credited with propelling the Super Tuscan wines to the forefront of Italian winemaking. 2015 will mark his fifth appearance at the Naples Winter Wine Festival.

In addition to Marchese Antinori, this year’s event will feature some of the most talented and respected vintners from three dozen wineries in 15 global wine-producing regions, seven countries, and four continents, in the northern and southern hemispheres. These top vintners have created some of the most sought-after and collectable wines in the world. They are regularly recognized for their contributions by wine enthusiasts across the globe.

“Each participating vintner is a giant in the industry, and we are thrilled that they are volunteering their time and talent to this amazing event,” said Sandi Moran, Vintner Chair and Co-Chair of the 2015 festival. “These renowned vintners, paired with the finest chefs and our country’s most generous philanthropists, will help raise millions of dollars for underprivileged and at-risk children.”

The other esteemed vintners for this year’s festival include:

Featured Dinner Vintners – Will pour during intimate dinners hosted by Festival Trustees in elegant, private homes and settings throughout Naples.

Santiago Achával of Achával-Ferrer in Mendoza, Argentina

Paul Leary of Blackbird Vineyards in Napa Valley, California

Deb Whitman & Ed Fitts of BRAND Napa Valley in St. Helena, California

Nick Allen of Carte Blanche Wines in Napa Valley, California

Roberta Ceretto of Ceretto in Alba, Italy

Blakesley & Cyril Chappellet of Chappellet Vineyard in St. Helena, California

Paul Pontallier of Château Margaux in Margaux, France

Thomas Duroux of Château Palmer in Margaux, France

Nicolas Glumineau of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Pauillac, France

Ann Colgin & Joe Wender of Colgin Cellars in St. Helena, California

Tim Mondavi & Carissa Mondavi of Continuum in St. Helena, California

Shahpar & Darioush Khaledi of Darioush in Napa Valley, California

Claude & Laurent Ponsot of Domaine Ponsot in Morey-Saint-Denis, France

Grace & Ken Evenstad of Domaine Serene in Dayton, Oregon

Bill Foley of Foley Johnson in Healdsburg, California

Valerie Boyd & Jeff Gargiulo of Gargiulo Vineyards in Napa Valley, California

Dan Kosta of Kosta Browne Winery in Sebastopol, California

Cinzia Merli of Le Macchiole in Bolgheri, Italy

Véronique Drouhin-Boss of Maison Joseph Drouhin in Beaune, France

Manuel Louzada of Numanthia in Valdefinjas, Spain

Betty O’Shaughnessy & Paul Woolls of O’Shaughnessy Winery in Angwin, California

Deborah & Bill Harlan and Amanda & Will Harlan of Promontory in Oakville, California

Merle & Peter Mullin of Ram’s Gate Winery in Sonoma, California

Beth Novak Milliken of Spottswoode Estate Vineyards & Winery in St. Helena, California

Barbara Banke of Vérité / Tenuta di Arceno in Santa Rosa, California and Siena, Italy

Champagne Sponsor – Will pour during the Krug Tasting & Luncheon event and during champagne receptions at each of the 16 private vintner dinners. 

Olivier Krug of Krug Champagne in Reims, France

Port Vintner – Will pour during the dessert course at each of the 16 private vintner dinners.

Dominic Symington of Symington Family Estates in Douro, Portugal

Featured Luncheon Vintners – Will pour during a luncheon after Meet the Kids Day, where guests witness first-hand the life-changing impact of the Naples Winter Wine Festival.

Bridgit & Stephen Griessel of Betz Family Winery in Woodinville, Washington

Andrea Farinetti, of Borgogno Wines in Barolo, Italy

Ann & Dick Grace of Grace Family Vineyards in St. Helena, California

Juan Mercado of Realm Cellars in St. Helena, California

VIP Party / Auction Day Vintners – Will pour at the opening party and prior to the start of the electrifying live auction.

Pam Starr of Crocker & Starr Wines in St. Helena, California

Todd Newman of Dakota Shy Wine in St. Helena, California

Mike Farmer & Lucas Farmer of Euclid Wines in Napa Valley, California

Augustin Huneeus of Flowers Vineyard & Winery in Napa Valley, California

Carole & Michael Marks of Gemstone Vineyards in St. Helena, California

Helen Keplinger & DJ Warner of Keplinger in Napa Valley, California

Melinda Kearney & Michèle Ouellet of LORENZA in St. Helena, California

Jenny Marie & Rutger de Vink of RdV Vineyards in Delaplane, Virginia

Gary, Rosella & Adam Franscioni of ROAR Wines in Soledad, California


Guests at the Naples Winter Wine Festival will savor incomparable cuisine and taste award-winning, cult classic wines. They will also have the opportunity to bid on exceptional wines, unforgettable dining experiences, and custom travel packages.

Ticket packages to this exclusive event are available and start at $8,500 per couple for festival tickets, with a $20,000 package that includes reserved seating for a party of four at the same vintner dinner and under the tent. For more information about the Naples Winter Wine Festival, please visit or call 888-837-4919.


About the Naples Winter Wine Festival

The Naples Winter Wine Festival is one of the world’s most prestigious charity wine auctions, bringing together renowned vintners and chefs with wine enthusiasts and philanthropists for a three-day festival that raises millions of dollars for underprivileged and at-risk children. Every dollar raised under the tent funds the festival’s founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), whose annual grants and strategic initiatives have provided around 200,000 children with the services and resources they need to excel.  For more information, please

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FLORIDA REMEMBERS HURRICANE CHARLEY ON 10th ANNIVERSARY Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:59:44 +0000 ~It Only Takes One Storm to Change the Landscape of a Community~

Ten years ago, Hurricane Charley made landfall near Port Charlotte in Southwest Florida as a Category 4 storm, making it the strongest storm since Hurricane Andrew to impact Florida. On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Charley, Florida’s residents and visitors are reminded to have a family emergency plan and a disaster supply kit. It only takes one storm to significantly impact your family, business, and community.

“Hurricane Charley was the first of four hurricanes to impact Florida during the 2004 season. Florida’s State Emergency Response Team worked together to provide support during the response and recovery of the storm,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “The 2004 hurricane season produced some of the most devastating hurricanes in Florida’s history and serves as a reminder that hurricanes can change the landscape of a community.”

Hurricane Charley’s impact was felt across the state as it made its way through the Central and Eastern counties before exiting the state near New Smyrna Beach. Charley left behind an estimated $15 billion in damage and was just the first of four hurricanes to impact Florida that year.

Floridians are encouraged to review and update their family and business emergency plans using the Get A Plan tool available at It is also important to keep your disaster supply kit stocked with essentials, including canned food and water, to last you and your family for up to 7 days after a storm hits.

For the latest information on the 2014 Hurricane Season and to Get A Plan!, visit, follow FDEM on social media on Twitter at @FLGetAPlan, Instagram @FLGetAPlan, and Facebook at and

]]> 0 Black bear curriculum teaches kids about wildlife, meets Florida education standards Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:58:23 +0000 Giving schoolchildren a chance to learn all about Florida black bears is a great way to teach them about wildlife, while sharpening their skills in reading, math, science and problem solving.

For that reason, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has updated its Florida Black Bear Curriculum, and put it online for the first time

The revised Florida Black Bear Curriculum is free, easy for teachers to use, and meets the new Florida Standards for educational curricula.

The curriculum offers 10 lessons on topics such as “The Black Bear Necessities” and “Oh Where, Oh Where is the Florida Black Bear?” and includes hands-on activities such as mapping and role-playing. There are also videos for students to watch such as the FWC’s “Living with Florida Black Bears.”

“The Florida Black Bear Curriculum takes children’s curiosity about black bears into the classroom, where learning about black bears can improve kids’ skills in basics like reading, math, science and problem solving,” said Sarah Barrett with the FWC’s black bear management program. “Whenever FWC staff talks to kids about Florida black bears, the response is overwhelmingly positive because kids are eager to learn and ask great questions about bears.”

With more encounters today between people and bears in Florida than in the recent past, it is increasingly important for children to learn about the state’s bear population.

The Florida Black Bear Curriculum was designed for children in grades 3-8 and has been in use since 1999, when it was created as a joint project of the FWC and Defenders of Wildlife.

Florida teachers who register on the Florida Black Bear Curriculum website can gain access to additional information, particularly in regard to how the material fits the Florida Standards.

But anyone is welcome to go to and take advantage of the educational material there.

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Draft Amendment to the Fiscal Years 2014/15 through 2018/19 Transportation Improvement Program Public Comment Period Announced Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:57:30 +0000 Each year the Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is required to develop a financially feasible Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) that includes all transportation projects that are to be funded with state and federal dollars over the next five years.  Occasionally it becomes necessary to add, delete, or modify a project included in the MPO’s TIP.

The Collier MPO has begun a 21-day public comment period for the draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2014/15 – 2018/19 TIP Amendment.  The draft amendment is to add and increase funding for two new transit projects.  The first project is for the installation of new bus shelters at various locations throughout Collier County.  The second project is for Phase II capital improvements at Collier Area Transit’s (CAT) facility on Radio Road.  The funding for these projects will be appropriated from Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Pursuant to the MPO’s Public Involvement Plan, the public comment period for the draft amendment will end Sept. 3.  The MPO Board will consider the adoption of the amendment together with comments received within the public comment period at the MPO’s regular meeting, Sept. 12 at   9 a.m., in the Board of County Commissioners Chambers on the third floor of the Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, Florida  34112

The draft TIP amendment is posted on the MPO’s website at  To view the Amendment, select “21-Day Public Comment Period for TIP Amendment” under the Latest News Section on the left side of the screen.

The draft amendment to the FY 2014/15 through FY 2018/19 TIP will also be on display at the customer service desks at the sites listed below:

  • Collier County Government Center North

2335 Orange Blossom Drive




  • Collier County Growth Management Division – Construction & Maintenance

2885 S. Horseshoe Drive




  • Naples City Hall

735 8th Street South




  • Everglades City Hall

102 Copeland Avenue N.

Everglades City



  • Marco Island City Hall

50 Bald Eagle Drive

Marco Island




  • Southwest Florida Works

750 S. 5th Street



  • All Collier County public libraries


The MPO’s planning process is conducted in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes.  Any person or beneficiary who believes that within the MPO’s planning process they have been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or familial status may file a complaint with the Collier MPO Title VI Specialist Lorraine Lantz at239-252-5779 or by writing to Ms. Lantz at 2885 South Horseshoe Drive, Naples, Florida 34104.

For more information regarding the TIP Amendment call MPO Principal Planner Sue Faulkner at 239-252-5715.


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Sierra Grande Community Partners with Humane Society Naples for Adoption Event Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:55:38 +0000 Sierra Grande, a brand-new 300-unit resort-style rental community located at 6975 Sierra Club Circle off Collier Boulevard and Rattlesnake-Hammock Road, has partnered with the Humane Society Naples (www.hsnaples.orgto promote a summer ribbon-cutting and adoption event taking place at Sierra Grande on Saturday, August 23rd, from 10am to 2pm. The event is in celebration of the community’s newly-built Bark Park, which is located on community grounds, and provides a place for residents to play with and walk their dogs

“As the area’s first new leasing community in over 10 years, this is really a special celebration for us,” states Property Manager Robin Schmitt. “Sierra Grande offers incomparable luxury amenities, and we are family and pet-friendly. This event celebrates what we have to offer, as well as gives back to the community.”

The event, which is open to Sierra Grande residents and the public, will offer dog/cat adoptions through the Humane Society Naples’ on-site air-conditioned mobile adoption unit, food, entertainment, pet-friendly vendors, leasing promotions, prizes and a raffle drawing. All proceeds from the raffle drawing will be presented to the Humane Society Naples during the event.

The pet-friendly luxury community offers 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units with eight (8) floor plans to choose from along with well-appointed interior features and numerous amenities, including a grand clubhouse, lakefront pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, wellness center, wi-fi lounge, tennis courts, a children’s play room, sand volleyball court, barbeque/picnic areas, a tot lot and a now a brand new Bark Park.

Guests who R.S.V.P. in advance will have a chance to win a $100 gift card.  Call (239) 529-5631 or e-mail For further details, visit the community’s webpage

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“Blues Bash” Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:53:39 +0000 The Fourth Annual Naples Bay “Blues Bash” kicking off with The Chopper Band followed by Deb and the Dynamics then Big Ray & the Motor City Kings. If you’re a blues fan, this is THE event to attend. One hundred percent of the raffle and live auction proceeds will go to our Bayshore CAPA Youth Programs Charity.
The ten buck ticket gets you great music, a fun auction and lots of BBQ! This will be a fun and entertaining evening for all of us lovers of the blues.


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Marco Island Charter Middle School Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:50:16 +0000 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The first day of school for Marco Island Charter Middle School students will be Monday, August 18. School will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.

Increased rigor in the new Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), which is replacing the former FCATs, is driving several changes at the charter middle school in order to provide students with the best possibility achieving success. Among the changes include, an emphasis on reading strategies in every subject area,

142 new computers and ancillary technological equipment throughout the school to accommodate the demands of the new state assessments, new Mathematic textbooks, new software, two new mini-computer laboratories, and a written End of Course Examination based on the new State Standards for every course on campus.

A New Student Orientation program was held on Thursday evening with over two hundred people in attendance.

The school’s annual “Back to School” – Open House will be held on Thursday, August 28 with the parents/guardians of eighth graders reporting to the gymnasium at 6:00 p.m. and all other parents/guardians reporting at 6:30 for a program that will end around 8:30. Attendees will receive a copy of their student’s course schedule and follow it for eight classes, during which time the teacher will meet parents/guardians and explain the course’s goals, and the teacher’s expectations and course requirements.

For more information, call George Abounader at 377-3200 or email him at

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COLLIER COUNTY Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:49:32 +0000 I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area at mile marker 63Construction project: Work continues to build two recreational access areas adjacent to the Big Cypress National Preserve backcountry trails, replace the existing rest area, build a new public safety center and water treatment plant, and upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant.  Crews continue paving throughout the project.


  • THE ENTIRE REST AREA IS CLOSED UNTIL PROJECT COMPLETION, ESTIMATED FALL 2014.  ALL FACILITIES (including the picnic area, parking, restrooms or potable water) are unavailable.  Entrance and exit ramps at mile marker 63 are open for motorists to turn around if needed.  FDOT cautionsmotorists to remain clear of the construction zone and be aware of construction vehicles entering/exiting the roadways around the rest area.  Signs are posted to advise motorists of this closure. The rest area at mile marker 34 is open.


Expected project completion is fall 2014.  The design/build contractor is Stantec/Wright Construction Group.


US 41 from Rattlesnake Hammock Road to Guilford Road:  Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect the outside northbound lane closed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays for crews to install concrete utility poles.  Drivers should use caution and expect slow moving traffic.


US 41 (Tamiami Trail East) from SR 951 to Greenway Road: Construction project: Crews continue work to expand two-lane US 41 to six lanes from SR 951 to Joseph Lane and to four lanes from Joseph Lane to Greenway Road. A 30-foot median will separate northbound and southbound travel lanes. The project also includes a 10-foot multi-use pathway along southbound travel lanes and a six-foot sidewalk parallel to northbound lanes. Median openings spaced throughout the project allow for left turns and U-turns. The project also replace the traffic signal at Manatee Road. Crews are currently relocating utilities along the roadway and extending drainage structures at the canals.  Motorists should be aware of construction vehicles and equipment entering and exiting the roadway.  The contractor expects to complete work by fall 2016. The design/build team is Wantman Group Inc /Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.


SR 84 (Davis Boulevard) from Florida Club Circle to Falling Waters Boulevard:  Construction project: Crews will be installing light pole bases, pull boxes and underground conduits along both sides of Davis Boulevard.  Motorist should expect lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for this work.  Drivers should use caution, expect delays, and be aware of construction equipment entering/exiting the roadway. Estimated completion is summer 2014. Contractor is American Lighting and Signalization, Inc.

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