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Boys & Girls Club 2015 Summer Enrichment Program

In partnership with the Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival – the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently began the 2015 summer enrichment program at its Main Campus, 7500 Davis Boulevard, as well as Immokalee site locations. Program hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run through August 4. To combat summer learning loss, the Club is offering the Summer Brain Gain initiative — a summer learning loss prevention program that includes but is not limited to activities such as reading, mentoring, dance and music, swimming, arts and crafts, organized sports ... Read More »

Sir Richard…The Bridezilla Slayer II

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Folks have been walking in the shop and stopping me on the island laughing about my last article where I mentioned public enemy #1…The Bridezilla. They can sometimes be easily slayed with the reality of the actual price tag, yet woe and behold when that merely bounces off her armored scales, and then I am told money is no object; much to the surprise to the groom to be and future in-laws. There is no amount of money in the world they could pay me to subject myself to the insanity. As I mentioned in ... Read More »

Social Security

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt   Question: I am confused, when is the best time to file for my social security benefits? Answer: Welcome to the great debate. There are numerous strategies for “maximizing” the receipt of your benefits. The short answer is that most people will be better off to delay filing for Social Security to provide for a higher lifetime income, maximized survivor benefits and longevity protection. Longer life spans make the decision of when to file more important than ... Read More »

FWC Discusses Strategic Priorities For Panther Conservation

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Submitted The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its meeting June 23 in Sarasota discussed a draft position paper outlining strategic priorities for panther conservation. The Commissioners agreed that the Florida panther is a conservation success story but acknowledged that with this success comes new challenges. The draft paper presented at the meeting calls for focusing strong conservation efforts on the panther’s core range in south Florida, effective ways to address human-panther conflicts, and building support among private landowners whose properties provide essential panther habitat. “This position paper does not call for a change to the panther’s protected ... Read More »

Be a Volunteer

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Rookery Bay Reserve invites you to learn about how volunteers can help during our next volunteer orientation on Thursday, July 9th at 10 am in our Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. We are looking for experienced boat drivers for our Shore Bird monitoring program as well as TEAM OCEAN. Other volunteer opportunities include general and trail maintenance, visitor center greeter and welcome desk; docents for daily programs; aquarium assistant, Kids Free Fridays, special events, admin assistants, community outreach much more. Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Donna Young to attend the meeting and for more information. Email: volunteer@rookerybay.org or call 239-530-5974. ... 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 »

Summer Theater Camp at Island Theater Company

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Summer’s here… what are the kids going to do???? How about the Island Theater Company (ITC) summer camp? We’re setting the stage for summer fun! Back by popular demand…this exciting and fun three-week theater program will introduce young people to all aspects of the theater, including creating props and costumes, music, choreography, and technical aspects of putting on a show. All activities are designed to develop imagination, creativity, concentration, character, teamwork and professionalism. All participants will be cast in the 2015 Holiday production. The three week camp for students ages 9-18 will be held July 13-31 and include a weekly ... Read More »

Keith Wohltman, USCG Auxiliary, Shares Lifesaving Tips With Newcomers Club

L to R: Newcomer President – Jacky Childress, Program Chair – Kim Flaugh, Guest Speaker – Keith Wohltman-USCG Auxiliary, Newcomers VP – Kim King, & Betsy Wohltman

On Wednesday, June 10th the Newcomers held their monthly luncheon at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The ladies enjoyed reconnecting with their Newcomers friends, sharing more than a few laughs, and welcomed three new members to the club. After a delicious lunch, the ladies were treated to an informative, fun lecture “Suddenly in Command” by Keith Wohltman of the USCG Auxiliary. He used volunteers from the audience to act out real boating scenarios. “Would you know what to do if you were suddenly in command?” Commander Wohltman asked the ladies. He continued, “Would you know what to do if your ... Read More »

Goodland Goes Automated; AED Volunteers Ready to Assist

Digitized map of Goodland with marked AED locations. PHOTOS BY BARRY GWINN

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com The Goodland Civic Association (GCA) really cares about the well-being of our residents. The GCA actually does something about it. The following is one such story. There are others, but none involve life and death like this one. Theresa Morgan is a personal friend of mine. She also sits on the board of the Goodland Civic Association and puts in countless hours of community service here. In her spare time she runs a thriving CPA business, which among other things, does my taxes. She has spearheaded the effort to coordinate with Collier County, and ... Read More »

That Reminds Me…

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was sundown on the St. Croix River in late spring. The river rats were gathered on the island as was usual all summer long. Youthful enterprise reared its ugly head as one of the rats proposed a swim across the channel. It was getting dark but three strapping lads stepped up and accepted the proposal. They dove into the cool water and began their odyssey. It was about 200 yards across and the waning moon didn’t help navigation. After what seemed much longer than it actually was, they made landfall on the other side. It ... Read More »

Leading Ladies

The cast of “Leading Ladies,” which opens on June 12. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Box Office is open and tickets are currently on sale for the Island Theater Company’s upcoming summer production of “Leading Ladies” sponsored by Jump Hair and Nails and the Island Diet Center. The ITC Teen Troupe are back and delighted to bring you the hilarious comedy “Leading Ladies” by playwright Ken Ludwig. “Leading Ladies” will run from June 12 through June 20. Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway, and seven in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. His first play on Broadway, ... Read More »

“Dispatches from the Deep: The Archaeology of Florida’s Spanish Shipwrecks”

Collier County Museum: June 10 Spanish ships have been navigating Florida’s waters for more than 500 years. This talk will highlight the evidence underwater archaeologists have uncovered over the years about failed colonies, far-ranging trade networks, and doomed plate fleets. Visitors can see the evidence and learn about these unique Florida resources. The program was organized by Melissa Timo at the Florida Public Archaeology Network and begins at 2 p.m. Admission is open to the public at no cost and reservations are suggested. For more information, please call (239) 252-8738.   Read More »

“The History of Collier County Place Names”

Collier County Museum: June 24 Ever wonder how some of our local places got their names? Who is Gordon Pass named after? How about Doctors Pass? What about Tigertail Beach? Collier County Museums invites visitors to look into an interesting history behind names of the places in the community. The program was organized by Naomi Goren, Curator of Education at the Collier County Museums. Admission is open to the public at no cost and reservations are required. For more information, please call (239) 252-8738 Read More »

“Enterprising Entrepreneurs: The Archaeology of Southwest Florida’s Cuban Fishing Ranchos”

Collier County Museum: July 8 In the late 18th and early 19th century, creole communities of Cuban and “Spanish Indian” fishermen flourished along Florida’s southwest coast. Who were these people and how did they live? Learn how this group survived and thrived in a wild land long after the Spanish had lost control and the historical and archaeological evidence that tells their stories. The presentation was organized by Melissa Timo, Florida Public Archaeology Network. For more information, please call (239) 252-8738. Read More »

“Southwest Florida’s Hurricane History”

Collier County Museum: July 22 Southwest Florida has been hit by several damaging hurricanes over the years including Hurricane Donna in 1960. Learn more about these destructive forces of nature and how they have shaped local history. The presentation was organized by Naomi Goren, Curator of Education at the Collier County Museums. Admission is open to the public at no cost and reservations are required. For more information, please call (239) 252-8738. 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 location in Naples, four additional museum ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rental Ordinance – Common Sense

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About nine years ago, growing complaints regarding vacationing, disruptive short-term rentals caused the City Council to begin considering the issue. Much commercial lobbying later, the current City Council adopted Ordinance 15-01, the Rental Ordinance. In my opinion, their decision was good and not-so-good at the same time. The “good” includes prioritizing community complaints over commercial interests; requiring registration of all rental properties; assigning accountability for disturbances to the landlord as well as to disappeared short-term perpetrators. The “not-so-good” includes requiring annual registration renewal; mandating city annual fire inspections; mandating a dossier on each tenant for the City; Let’s apply some ... Read More »

FWC Division of Law Enforcement Collier County

FWC received formation from an anonymous source at Crime Stoppers that a man was selling baby American alligators out of a residence in Naples.  The subject was identified and Officer Futch and Investigator II O’Horo interviewed the man at his residence.  The man confessed to capturing alligators at a canal at the end of his street, but denied that he was selling them.  The man then led the Officers to a storage closet where he was keeping twelve baby alligators in an aquarium.  He was arrested and booked into the Collier County Jail for felony capture and possession of alligators.  ... Read More »

The following local residents recently graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University.

* Michael Sanchez of Marco Island (34145) graduated with a Master of Art degree from the College of Arts and Sciences. * Brian Paxson of Naples (34114) graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Engineering. * Francina Nazareth Joseph of Naples (34114) graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Business. * Melissa French of Naples (34114) graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree from the College of Arts and Sciences. * Nicole Migut of Naples (34114) graduated with a Master of Public Administration degree from the College of Arts and Sciences. * ... Read More »

TWO COLLIER COUNTY BEACHES AMONG DR. BEACH’S ANNUAL BEST BEACHES LIST

America’s foremost beach expert, “Dr. Beach,” recently announced that he has judged two Collier County beaches to be among the 2015 top 10 beach destinations nationwide on his coveted list. The 342-acre Barefoot Beach Preserve, which was No. 2 on Dr. Beach’s list, is one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida’s southwest coast. More than 8,000 feet of beach and sand dunes support the growth of sea oats, providing nesting sites for sea turtles. Barefoot Beach Preserve is located on Barefoot Beach Road off Bonita Beach Road. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, which was No. 9 on Dr. Beach’s ... Read More »

Our Best Investment

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “An investment in knowledge pays the best dividends.” ~Benjamin Franklin   Question: What’s the best way to set aside funds for our grandchildren to help with college expenses? Answer: If your intention is to designate the funds exclusively for higher education expenses, there are three tax-advantaged strategies available. We’ll focus on these techniques because money not paid out in taxes is that much more available to offset rising college expenses. There certainly are other ways to save for future generations, but to answer your specific question, here are three tax efficient ways to help ... Read More »