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Project Graduation Celebrates 30 Years of Safe and Sober Graduation Celebrations

All Collier County grads have a safe place to celebrate on graduation night, thanks to parents and volunteers.  For the past 30 years there have been no alcohol-related fatalities in Collier County on graduation night involving high school graduates.  A large part of that statistic is thanks to Project Graduation, a program that gives grads a safe, fun and sober place to enjoy their graduation night. On May 29, directly after they walk the stage, shake hands and throw their caps, grads from every Collier County High School will load up on buses that take them to the Greater Naples ... Read More »

“The Washboard” to Continue to Plague Motorists For Foreseeable Future

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By Don Manley Drivers who have traveled State Route-County Route 951 near the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge are no doubt familiar with “the washboard.” It’s that section of roadway, not from the bridge, that appears to be smooth to the eye. But the reaction of a vehicle’s tires and suspension quickly makes clear to motorists that appearances are deceptive when traveling that section of roadway. The tale-tale sign is an undulating feeling caused by virtually imperceptible waves in the pavement. The condition is especially noticeable at night, when headlights can be seen wavering up and down in the darkness. Unfortunately, ... Read More »

Building the Community: Marco Island

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By Don Manley Marv Needles is one of a relatively small group of people who can recall a Marco Island much different from the modern, bustling resort community of today. Marco’s full-time population now stands at about 16,000, with the number of residents almost tripling during the winter tourist season. The population stood at about 750 when he arrived in 1969, said Needles, the owner/broker of the business he started here, ERA Flagship Real Estate. “Most of them were construction workers, a huge number of construction workers,” said Needles. “It was definitely a blue-collar environment. There were a few of ... Read More »

Coping with Alzheimer’s

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Submitted America’s aging population means Alzheimer’s disease is one of the country’s leading health problems. Learn how to recognize it, how to care for a loved one, when to see a doctor and how to ensure quality end-of-life care. BMO Harris Bank is hosting an open discussion format presentation by Dr. Daniel Kaplan, DO, CMD on Wednesday, April 22nd at 5:00 PM. With 35 years of experience, Dr. Daniel Kaplan is board certified in family and geriatric medicine and associate medical director of VITAS Healthcare in Collier County. The event, to be held at BMO Harris Bank located in the ... Read More »

27th Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach

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Submitted The 27th Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach will be held Sunday, April 5, 2015, 7 AM on the beach at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, 400 S. Collier Boulevard. Reverend Kevin Koenig, Marco Lutheran Church, will lead the Opening Moments and Prayer, Reverend Kirk Dreiser, Wesley United Methodist Church, will lead the prayer prior to the preaching of the Word and Reverend Thomas McCulley, New Life Community Church, will lead the Closing Moments and Prayer. The Reverend Dr. Steven Schoof, Senior Pastor at Marco Presbyterian Church, will give the Easter message. Pastor Schoof received his Masters and ... Read More »

City Notes

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Have you noticed the white banners on the Collier Boulevard lampposts? They’re advertising the 50th anniversary of Modern Marco. Yep, it’s been 50 years since the Mackle Brothers brought their vision to this hunk of paradise in Southwest Florida. There will be a grand celebration at the Marriott marking the occasion. It will be the last soiree at the Marco until it builds its new ballroom and tower beginning in May. Those 50 years have been good ones on the Island. At first the population was a few dozen folks, growing to a few hundred as ... Read More »

Free Veteran’s Haircuts on Jan. 11

By Coastal Breeze News Staff If you served our country in the military, Joe’s Barber Shop has a treat for you! In honor of your dedication and sacrifice for our country, Joe’s Barber Shop is offering you a FREE HAIRCUT! On Jan. 11, with four barbers in the shop with scissors ready, Joe’s Barber Shop welcomes veterans to come in 8AM-1 PM for a free haircut. To make your morning complete, Dunkin Donuts has donated doughnuts and fresh coffee. The Print Shop has donated flyers and design. Phil Alberti said, “We appreciate what these men and women have done for ... Read More »

2014 Christmas Island Style Ornament Design Competition

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The theme for this year’s Christmas Island Style Ornament Design Contest was the 50th Anniversary of Marco Island. Sixth and seventh graders at Marco Island Charter Middle School submitted 75 works of art to be considered by the judges. This year’s first place winner will have their design on the official 2015 Christmas ornament. The judging took place at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Distinguished judges made the rounds around the room to view each entry before voting for their favorites and tallying up the votes. The judging was done by State Representative ... Read More »

Lunch and Learn Series at Rookery

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has released its monthly “Lunch & Learn Lecture Series” lineup, which kicks off at noon on Nov. 4 with “Florida History Through the Eyes of Florida Authors.” Using costume and character, literary historian Betty Jean Steinshouer will portray three authors in 15-minute segments. First will be Harriet Beecher Stowe, who came to North Florida in 1866 after the Civil War. Act Two will feature Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who fell in love with Florida after arriving at Cross Creek in 1928, where she wrote “The Yearling.” Finally, the audience will meet Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the first to ... Read More »

A Passion for Shells

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Emily Savage and her shop Shells By Emily are testaments to how a simple idea or hobby can turn into a long-standing business. Savage started her business in 1985 in a 400-square-foot space at 651 S. Collier Boulevard and a cigar box as a cash register. It had $25 in it. “We started with two card tables that we bought for $1 a piece at a garage sale and folding chairs too,” remembers Emily. “I took a large 4×8 real estate sign, painted it and used it as a partition wall in the store between the public and private area.” ... Read More »

RaceTrac on Its Way

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The photo shown might not be the exact way the new RaceTrac on Collier Boulevard will look, but it has been modeled after this 6,000 square foot prototype. The new location is set to open in late 2014 or early 2015. RaceTrac’s goal is to build state-of-the-art convenience stores featuring the latest technology, indoor and outdoor seating, free WiFi and stacked exterior stone accents. These new stores also feature endless beverage options and premium food offerings, including Swirl World, a new frozen yogurt bar which has 10 flavors and more than 40 toppings for the ... Read More »

Sierra Grande Community Partners with Humane Society Naples for Adoption Event

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.org) to 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 ... Read More »

MIHS Alley Proposal – Part II

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By Noelle H. Lowery and Craig Woodward During its Aug. 1 regular meeting, the city of Marco Island Planning Board approved a proposal from the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) to name 11 currently unnamed alleys around the island after major players in Marco’s history. With a vote of 6-1, the proposal was passed onto City Council for review and approval. The proposal is the brainchild of Marco Island historian and attorney Craig Woodward, who worked with several members of the MIHS to come up with local historical figures who were not already recognized in some way around the island. ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Offers New Villas

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Fiddler’s Creek announces that Stock Signature Homes is offering a diverse selection of single-family residences at three distinctive villages within the luxury, master-planned community. Stock is currently building in the villages of Isla del Sol, Mahogany Bend and Majorca. The builder’s homes are renowned for the rich architectural details of their front elevations, lending them a unique air of distinction. Inside each residence, soaring ceilings produce a spaciousness that maximizes the living areas, while the finest appointments create a visual feast for the eyes. Located just off Collier Boulevard between Naples and Marco Island, Fiddler’s Creek is an award-winning community. For membership details ... Read More »

Approved: 1st Reading of Marriott PUD Amendment

Marco Island city councilors listen to both sides of the Marriott project debate during the June 2 meeting.

By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation plan cleared its first hurdle Monday (June 2) night when City Council approved the amendment to the hotel’s planned unit development and master plan by a vote of 4-2. Councilors Amadeo Petricca and Chuck Kiester voted against the measure, and Councilor Joe Batte was not in attendance. The approval came after nearly six hours of presentations, impassioned community responses, in-depth discussion and a surprise promise from Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff. The hotel’s ownership group will kick in $1 million to expedite the renovation of the Smokehouse ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: The Marriott – Scott Shigley

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It might be time to take a deep breath and consider what can be done if the PUD amendment the Marriott is asking for is denied. From what I have read and heard if the amendment is turned down the following things can still take place without any further consideration from the city council: The Marriott can add the additional rooms they want The Marriott can add extra meeting space The Marriott can add extra parking The Marriott can add elevated stadium type lighting on the tennis courts The following things that the Marriott has offered to do if the ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Announces Emerson

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Fiddler’s Creek announces that construction is starting on the Emerson luxury home at Chiasso, a village of 59 single-family residences located within the luxury, master-planned community. The Emerson is a two-story floor plan, encompassing 3,522 air-conditioned square feet and 4,666 total square feet. The home has three bedrooms, three full baths and one half bath, plus a second floor loft with morning bar that could be utilized for a home entertainment theater. Located just off Collier Boulevard between Naples and Marco Island, Fiddler’s Creek is an award-winning community. For membership details and more information on this gated golf course community in Naples, offering ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jim Ciolino

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Referring to the article, “Parking problem,” dated 3/11/14 Marco Eagle page 6A, there are two reasons that Marco Island has a parking problem. One is over population; Deltona Development Corporation designed this island for only twenty thousand people, not fifty thousand that we have during the seasonal months. Marco does not have a parking problem during the other nine months of the year. The planning board should have recognized this problem thirty years ago. The high rises on the beach where not part of Deltona’s plan for Marco Island. The other reason is that MICA with the help of Collier ... Read More »

ENFD Mergers

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff While East Naples Fire Control and Rescue District Chief Kingman Schuldt prepared to head to Tallahassee to testify about his district’s proposed mergers with Golden Gate and Isles of Capri fire districts, the Board of Collier County Commissioners voted expand ENFD’s boundaries to include Ochopee. During its March 25 regular meeting, the BCC unanimously approved the creation of a merger plan between the county-managed Ochopee Fire Control and Rescue District and ENFD. This merger could be easier than the others, though, as it may be possible to complete with a simple Interlocal Agreement. Currently, the ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Another veteran has passed on to a better place. He was our own Walter Tucker — whom I considered one of my very special friends. Sadly, I didn’t know of his funeral until after it had taken place, as I was in Tallahassee when the obit was in the paper, or at least I assume it was in the paper. Walter was one of the few survivors left from Pearl Harbor. Even in his 90s, he never forgot a thing. He was always willing to offer a helping hand to his friends, and was as feisty as ... Read More »