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United Church Donates to Habitat

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By Jan Kelly February was Habitat for Humanity month at United Church of Marco Island. Habitat month is an annual occurrence at UCMI. The history of the partnership between United Church and Habitat goes all the way back to 1977. Dr. Richard T. Disseler, the Senior Minister at UCMI at the time, was in the process of putting an addition on to the Administration building and enlarging the Chancel. During that process, United Church thought they have been blessed as a church, why not give a blessing to someone else, a Habitat home for a migrant family in Immokalee. Reverend Disseler ... Read More »

LTE: Request to Reconsider the Proposed Rental Ordinance

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To: City of Marco Island Council Members After reviewing the most recent draft of the proposed Rental Ordinance 15-01, I am providing the following comments, and request that the Council seriously reconsider the scope of the proposed ordinance. The noise and nuisance problem that Council is attempting to address is limited to a small number of single family homes that are rented for less than 30 days. In addition, ordinances already exist to address noise, parking, and occupancy, and these ordinances apply to all Marco residents regardless of whether they own or rent the property they occupy. The proposed ordinance is extensive and represents unnecessary ... Read More »

951/41 Road Construction Ahead of Schedule

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Although there are three road construction projects all taking place at the same time in the vicinity of 951/41 intersection, the traffic is running smoothly again. There have been huge lines of cars coming off Marco Island from around 3pm to about 6pm during the week, plus some night lighting problems, but those issues have both been resolved to a great degree. The County’s DOT project – the actual intersection being completely transformed into a footprint for a future overpass, has been a major construction project. They are actually about 6 months ahead of schedule and ... Read More »

Historic Century Old Smallwood Store

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Smallwood Store stands much like it did when it was established in the early 1900’s. Originally a trading post and post office, the store is now a museum on the National Register of Historic Places. A walk through the door is taking a step back in time. Many of the original goods sold or traded still line the shelves in this Everglades landmark. There are educational exhibits throughout the store. The setting is a serene spot on Chokoloskee Island where it is easy to imagine what it must have been like to row up ... Read More »

Join Us for “Discover Tigertail”

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Submitted Friends of Tigertail Beach is hosting “Discover Tigertail”, February 21, 2015 from 9AM to noon. This is a free family program that addresses the marine life and other wildlife that inhabit the Tigertail Beach lagoon. There will be nine “information stations” spotted around the lagoon. Take part in seining for creatures from the lagoon or enjoy hands-on activities about loggerhead sea turtles, shore birds, sharks, butterflies, plants, seashells and more. Our specialists are from Rookery Bay, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Marco Shell Club. Featured again this year, will be the very popular scavenger hunt, “Question Quest”, enjoyed ... Read More »

Meals of Hope After 5

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Submitted The Marco Island Meals of Hope project feeds hungry children and their family’s right here in Collier County. The 2015 packaging event will take place on Saturday November 14th at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. There is a ton of fundraising work to do between now and then to pay for the raw food materials that we package into meals. The packaging event is a joint effort of the Marco Island Sunrise and the Noontime Rotary Clubs and the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. Tell any friends or family who have a soft spot in their hearts for hungry children to go ... Read More »

Early Collier County History

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Here’s a rare chance to hear about our early history. When the little farming village of Everglades suddenly became the county seat in 1923 after Collier County was established, Barron Collier attracted many talented and experienced people to help him administer his new regime. One was F. J. Frankenhoff who arrived from New York and started working for the new county, eventually becoming Chairman of the School Board. His granddaughter Lynn Pierce has delved into the family history and wrote about her mother, “growing up in Everglades was like paradise” despite the mosquitoes and remoteness. Lynn has even visited the original Collier home where her mother grew up. She will talk about what she discovered about this early county luminary and ... Read More »

Local History Authors at Fest

Submitted Local historians Betsy Perdichizzi and Marya Repko will be signing their books at the Author Fest held by the Marco Island Writers on Wednesday, March 4, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Marco Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Avenue. Betsy is well-known for her publication A Girl Called Tommie; Queen of Marco Island which tells how this amazing woman was ahead of her time in the progress of the island and fought for the formation of Collier County. Marya writes about the Everglades area and has just published a new book A Brief History of the Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee, Florida. And, by the way, there will be wine & cheese to go ... Read More »

Island Country Club’s Charity Golf and Tennis

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By Pat Newman Picture perfect weather greeted 125 golfers recently for tee-off at Island Country Club’s 14th Annual Charity Golf and Tennis Tournament. The event has raised more than $1.25 million since its inception, according to coordinator Gary Landis. The club’s charitable foundation (ICCCF, founded in 2000), has a two-fold purpose — promote community involvement and raise funds for local non-profit organizations. The monetary awards are determined through a grant process. One of this year’s recipients is the American Cancer Society where funds are earmarked for pediatric cancer research. Groups who have benefitted over the years from the foundation include ... Read More »

Construction, Charity Abounds in Collier County

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net The HUGE Reef Project has begun! Surely you have all read about the kick-off event and the project, but many of you did not know that attending these initial events were Florida Representative Kathleen Passidomo, Nancy (everybody loves) Richie, Marco Island City Council Vice Chairman Bob Brown, City Council Chairman Larry Sacher, City Manager Roger Hernstadt, Bernadette (need I say more than Bernadette?), many members of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, and of course, yours truly. Have you been watching the huge piles of construction material that comes and goes every day of the week ... Read More »

Mitzvah Day

If you are looking to make a difference in helping to combat hunger in our community…don’t miss Mitzvah Day on Sunday February 8th. If you want to experience a unique opportunity to make 50,000 meals with hundreds of our One Family members, young and old…don’t miss Mitzvah Day on February 8th. If you want to feel the joy of participating in a great social action event…you don’t want to miss Mitzvah Day on Sunday February 8th. For the past seven years, Mitzvah Day has been the highlight of our efforts towards Tikun Olam, which our teaching suggests is humanity’s shared responsibility to ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement

Officer Reams coordinated FWC Officers and Officers from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for a special detail to focus on enforcement of Migratory Bird hunting regulations.  The detail covered several locations throughout Collier County, simultaneously, in order to consistently conduct inspections countywide.  Also, plain clothed Officers were utilized to monitor the waters in order to witness violations firsthand.  The Officers were successful in their enforcement and were able to enforce multiple regulation violations that ranged from infractions to misdemeanors. Officer Barringer responded to a call involving a whitetail deer that was stuck inside a swimming pool in the Golden ... Read More »

Prescribed Burns at Rookery Bay

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Resource management staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve have released plans for their first prescribed burns in 2015. Weather permitting, Prescribed burns were in areas west of Tower Road and Barefoot Williams, south of the Treviso Bay area. Rookery Bay Reserve staff coordinate burns with the Florida Forestry Service and work with partnering land managers and local fire departments to get the job done safely and efficiently. Residents in the adjacent areas will see and possibly smell smoke from the fire. Fire personnel will contact visitors in the area to ensure their safety while traveling near activity areas and ... Read More »

Free Family Fun and Fundraiser

Family to Family, which has put more than 2000 Collier County moms and kids into beds of their own since 2009, recently acquired its 501 (c) 3 non-profit designation and will now celebrate a Grand Re-opening and Family Fun Day Open House in its new Kids’ Crisis Closet location, from10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, at 3485 Enterprise Ave., one block off Industrial Ave., in Naples. Hosted by the Northside Naples Kiwanis Club, the event will feature property tours, old-school arts and crafts using recycled materials, sidewalk art, photo booth, balloons, hot dogs, sodas and two brand new ... Read More »

Clerk of Courts Free Public Seminar

Topic: Searching Public Records Using CollierClerk.com Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 2-4 PM Location: South Regional Library on Lely Cultural Blvd Speaker: Dwight E. Brock, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Collier County   Did you ever want, or need, to be your own private investigator? As custodian of public records in Collier County, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, is making information easily accessible to citizens on www.CollierClerk.com. Learn how easily you can find out if someone has a court record. Look up official records like a mortgage, a deed or homeowner association documents and more. Find out how to ... Read More »

UNITED WAY OF COLLIER COUNTY SELECTS LIGHTHOUSE OF COLLIER AS 2015 MEMBER AGENCY

Lighthouse of Collier, Inc., Center for Blindness and Vision Loss, is excited to have been selected as a 2015 partner agency member with United Way of Collier County. The United Way of Collier County’s 2015 allocation of $10,000 is restricted for the transition students and children’s programming. The funding will allow Lighthouse of Collier to continue to offer monthly programs and a summer camp for the blind/ vision impaired children. If you know a child that is blind or visually impaired and wants to have fun, please call Lighthouse of Collier to sign up for the free programs and camp! The mission of the Lighthouse of Collier ... Read More »

JEWISH DELI FEST

Back by popular demand, the JEWISH DELI FEST at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) will return on SUNDAY, JANUARY 25TH from 11:30am to 4:00pm at 991 Winterberry Drive Marco Island. Last year’s event SOLD OUT so don’t miss out!!. Our pots are boiling and our ovens are warming as we prepare to feed the community of Marco Island and all of Collier County. The Jewish Deli Fest will feature: BERNIE’S DELI: Come and enjoy a New York-style deli sandwich of kosher-style corn beef, pastrami or salami with homemade coleslaw, potato salad and kosher pickle. Perhaps you would prefer ... Read More »

THE NAPLES ZOO AT CARIBEAN GARDENS NAMES COURTNEY JOLLY DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and nationally accredited zoo, has named Courtney Jolly as Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Ms. Jolly stated, “I am thrilled to join the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. It is a great honor to work for a non-profit organization that makes a difference around the world and in the community that I was raised in. I look forward to bringing my experience to the organization to make the Naples Zoo bigger and better than ever!” Ms. Jolly attended Florida Gulf Coast University, where she received a Bachelor of Science ... Read More »

Sugar Ray Leonard as special guest for BGCCC

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently announced that retired championship boxer and Boys & Girls Club alumni, Sugar Ray Leonard will be the special guest for the third annual Youth of the Year Celebration. The event will be held on March 2 at 8 p.m. at  Artis—Naples and is centered on the remarkable accomplishments of 20 local Youth of the Year nominees. Sugar Ray Leonard was seven when he joined the Boys & Girls Club of Washington where he attributes learning traits such as pride and independence. His illustrious career includes being the first boxer to win world titles in five different weight classes and the gold medal at the 1976 ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County provides a preview Youth Development Center

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently held a community awareness event at CareerSource SouthWest Florida in Immokalee. The event was held to showcase plans for the Micheal G. Degroote and Gillian Campbell Youth Development Center. Hosted by Lipman Produce, the event drew various members, supporters and organizations from throughout the Immokalee community. Dinner was provided and attendees were introduced to several Immokalee youth from the Boys & Girls Club who presented their heartfelt, personal stories of  how the Club has helped them overcome challenges. Attendees also received a glimpse of the floor plans and design for the ... Read More »