Tag Archives: Collier County

Mosquito Control Update

Submitted Efforts to control the prolific onset of salt marsh mosquitoes through aerial spraying will take place this evening, Sunday May 14th, after 10:30 PM, when Skyvan airplanes will treat areas of Marco Island with Anvil. The Henderson Creek area will also be treated after 10:30 PM tonight, with Dibrom. Collier Mosquito Control District has reassured the public that although ... Read More »

MICMS Students Honored

Submitted Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) students were recently honored with 33 other public middle school students from Collier County at the Naples Optimist Club’s annual “Youth Appreciation Program.” The program was televised live on the Education Channel and held in the District School Board’s MLK Administration building in Naples. The MICMS students who were honored are McKenna Broxson ... Read More »

Summer’s Almost Here!

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala My goodness the county is emptying out…and so is our volunteer corps! I’ve always marveled at the winter residents who arrive and immediately go to work helping our community, like the Fire Rescue Foundation, both hospitals, the sheriff’s office, the police department, the schools, The Shelter for Abused Women, the homeless shelter, the library, the museum, ... Read More »

Artificial Reef Update

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  Last fall I had the pleasure ... Read More »

Take That First Step

Submitted  Step Smart Collier is a new program designed to aid seniors with prevention of accidents in the home. Such accidents account for far more visits to the emergency room or hospital than strokes or heart attacks each year, and many are preventable. Keith Dameron is chairman of this program for all of Collier County. You may remember Keith as ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Supports Eagle Cam Fund Drive

Submitted  Carl H. Way, founder and chairman of the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation and Marco Island Nature Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, received a $1,000 donation to the Eagle Cam fund from Calusa Garden Club. The Foundation, the parent organization for the Nature Preserve project, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to establishing and preserving the Nature Preserve, protecting wildlife ... Read More »

For Now, the Center of the Pickleball Universe

By Don Manley If there is a descriptive phrase that can be overused when considering a multitude of things, situations and events it is “bigger and better.” But where the Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships are concerned, it’s difficult to come up with a more apt characterization. The second installment of the week-long tourney has top-echelon players from around the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Chamber Requests Removal of Rios From TDC

Our understanding of the mission of the City Council is to protect the interest, safety and reputation of the citizens, businesses and visitors of Marco Island. Each of you have a seat and represent the Island on our county boards. The words and actions of our City Council have a direct economic impact on our quality of life and your ... Read More »

Happy Hour for Hope on the Marco Island Princess

By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island Princess was the place to be for the recent Happy Hour for Hope, benefitting the non-profit organization, Meals of Hope. The boat stayed in port, but the spirits of Marco Island seafarers and landlubbers alike set sail in the essence of generosity to feed the hungry children of Collier County. Marco Island’s shining star ... Read More »

Chef Partners With Culinary Accelerator

Three-Star Michelin rated Christian Le Squer will partner with Collier County’s Florida Culinary Accelerator at Immokalee to boost food entrepreneurship in the region and help put Immokalee on the map as a food-manufacturing destination for aspiring chefs. Le Squer, who is the chef at Le Cinq at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, has agreed to a one-year ... Read More »

National Community Development 

National Community Development Week and Collier County’s Community and Human Services Division (CHS) observed this national event with a dedication ceremony for Hatchers Preserve, a new, 18-unit single family rental community in Immokalee. Hatchers Preserve, which was built by Rural Neighborhoods in partnership with the Big Cypress Housing Corp., was primarily funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development ... Read More »

The Spring Fling It’s A Lollapalooza

Photos and Story by Barry Gwinn As we do every year (this will be our fifth), on Saturday, April 1st, the Goodland Civic Association threw a party to show our appreciation for the overwhelming support we get from our neighbors and friends here. Everyone was invited, everyone helped, and virtually everyone came. In the beautiful setting of Collier County’s Margood ... Read More »

ASH Offers New Treatment Options

Naples-based Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida expanded its physical rehabilitation and fitness center, installing an Oasis Underwater Treadmill. This hydrotherapy system gives patients the best opportunity to recover from surgical, arthritic, geriatric and chronically debilitating diseases and conditions. ASH of Florida’s physical rehabilitation team designs treatment programs focusing on sports medicine, performance optimization, fitness, weight management, surgery recovery and chronic ... Read More »

United Church of Marco Raises $200,000 for Habitat Collier

Submitted Each year, the United Church of Marco Island celebrates Habitat month in February. Throughout the month, they ask members of their congregation to come together and donate in an effort to help Habitat for Humanity of Collier County. This year, their goal was to raise $100,000. By timing the donations to Habitat just right, the church not only met ... Read More »

Talking Easter Eggs?

Imagine a child, blind or visually impaired, that cannot participate in an Easter egg hunt because they are unable to see the eggs. Not Lighthouse of Collier’s youth. On Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 10 AM to 1 PM, Lighthouse of Collier is teaming up with Royal Scoop at their 23rd Annual Royal Scoop Easter Egg Hunt and Games. The ... Read More »

IBERIABANK Hosts Shred Event

 Submitted IBERIABANK will host a community shred event on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 9 AM to noon at the IBERIABANK branch located on Marco Island at 605 Bald Eagle Drive. Residents and small business owners are invited to dispose of outdated bank statements, checks, contracts, junk mail and other documents in a safe and secure manner. Shredding services will ... Read More »

This Home is a Sanctuary

By Jesus Calo All it takes is one person connecting the dots to make a difference, and seasonal resident Jane DeMado has done exactly that. As a member of the Noontime Rotary Club, she has attended many luncheons that bring speakers from various places to connect Marco Island beyond the bridge. Five years ago, one speaker spoke candidly about his ... Read More »

CHESS K-12 Expands Mission

Submitted Local youth from kindergarten through 12th grade have a great opportunity with CHESS K-12 to play chess and compete with other young players. The mission of CHESS K-12 is to provide a purposeful, challenging and enlightening environment for students to enhance their abilities to play chess. It includes promoting chess clubs in all schools with chess intramural competition, and ... Read More »

Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation: A Year in Review

By Samantha Husted The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary at a luncheon held at the Island Country Club. The annual event honored the accomplishments and successes of the foundation as well as the Marco Island Fire Department in 2016. MIFRF President, Dianna Dohm opened the ceremony with a reminder: the Marco Island Fire Rescue ... Read More »

Golden Apple Recipients

Students in six Collier County classrooms received bushels of Golden Delicious apples as their teachers were surprised with Golden Apple awards, which highlight best practices in teaching. The 2016-17 Golden Apple recipients will each receive a grant (up to $5,000) from Suncoast Credit Union to allow the building of best practices. All Teachers of Distinction receive a $500 award, and ... Read More »