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William G. Morris P.A. Earns Accolades

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. has been named a member of The Fund President’s Circle and a Top Contributor by Orlando-based Attorneys’ Title. The Fund supports and promotes the success of attorneys’ real estate practices by providing expert underwriting counsel, legal education, title information and products and services to preserve and facilitate the real estate practices of its members in their protection of the public. The Fund President’s Circle is comprised of an elite group of leaders within the legal profession. These top-tier law firms have received this statewide recognition because of ... Read More »

Planning for the Future at MIA

Jane Watt and Melissa Scott are all smiles these days and rightly so. The leaders of Marco Island Academy are celebrating the testing gains their students made in 2014 — both in the end of course tests and the FCAT-2.0. MIA’s first-time test-takers made the largest gains of any high school in Collier County in Algebra and the second largest for both U.S. History and Reading. Overall, in learning gains, MIA ranked first amongst all Collier County high schools in Biology and U.S. History, second in Geometry and third in Algebra. “This really sets us up for success,” says Scott, ... Read More »

ECity Parade on June 28!

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Historic Everglades City is always first – the first Collier County seat and now the first in the area to celebrate Independence Day. The annual family-fun festival to commemorate America’s founding will be on Saturday, June 28, this year. The Opening Ceremony is at 10 a.m. on the steps of City Hall. That is followed at 10:30 a.m. by the Patriotic Parade, the theme of which this year is “Celebrating Our Heritage”. There are prizes for the best floats which may be anything from golf carts to swamp buggies. The fun continues in McLeod Park when booths open at 11:00 ... Read More »

Scott Approves $2.5 Million for Collier

Governor Rick Scott today signed into law a State budget appropriations bill that included $2.5 million in state funds to help develop a Soft-Landing Business Accelerator project in Collier County. The Business Accelerator Project is designed to help existing domestic businesses grow and develop while also providing a “port of entry” for international businesses seeking to expand into the U.S. market. This one-time state funding award will be combined with local public and private sector funding to establish facilities and business support services designed to spur economic development and create additional high wage jobs. “I am very appreciative of the ... Read More »

Seven 2014-15 Scholarships Awarded by Naples Press Club

Three Naples Press Club Terrence J. Miller $1,000 Renewable Scholarships were recently awarded to recipients all of whom are graduates of Collier County high schools. Sarah Grace Davenport (Golden Gate High School-2014), a Graduate of Distinction, will attend FGCU and major in journalism. Melissa Gomez (Lely High School-2014), a Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete, will attend the University of Florida and major in journalism. John Marshall Wix III (Golden Gate High School-2011) is a junior at FGCU, majoring in journalism. Three students who previously held the NPC $1,000 Renewal Scholarships were again awarded the scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. Oscar Santiago-Torres ... Read More »

It’s only fair

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ArtfuL Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I have been judged and juried; I have judged and juried. Both roles are difficult. But, in the name of fairness, both are required of an artful life and, by my tally, a civilized life. I have juried multiple art exhibits and never is it easy, mostly because there is so much good work… How, after agonizing over 1st and 2nd place recipients, do you choose from the eight to 10 remaining contenders for 3rd place? Unlike jurors in a courtroom, jurors of art are invited; they are invited for their expertise and, oddly, their ... Read More »

Pair Goes Undefeated at USTA

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Yvette Benarroch and Luis Benito won all 4 of their playoff matches this weekend (May 16-18) at the USTA 40+ Mixed Doubles 7.0 State/Sectional Championship held in Daytona Beach, Florida. The team from the Greater Marco Family YMCA was the winner of the Collier County region. In the Daytona Championships they won two of their four matches and did not advance to the finals. Andrea Washak is the captain and other members of the team who were present in Daytona were Darlene Roddy, Carrie Masci, Maria Hayden, George Hayden, Steve Schottland, Alan Zuckerman, Fritzi Holmes, Nat Holmes and John Sullivan. ... Read More »

Indian Mound Destroyed

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By Patty Huff On April 1, Florida Georgia Grove LLP (FGG) applied for a vegetation removal permit for its property along Mamie Street on Chokoloskee Island; this was issued on April 2. The company requested removal of exotics and other non-native species. FGG was to initiate the work on April 28 but started four days earlier on April 24. Within a week, the vegetation removal and work on the seawall permit were finished. FGG also has an outstanding permit to renovate the duplex on the property. Now, the question is: With all the safeguards supposedly in place, how did FGG ... Read More »

Marco Beaches Receive Funding

A total of $47,271,537 was allocated to beach and inlet projects statewide in the 2014-15 Florida Budget, the General Appropriations Act (HB 5001). That included $1,621,672 for Collier County and $233,254 for the South Marco Island beach renourishment. Commissioner Donna Fiala attributes the increased amount of state monies awarded coastal projects to strong support and advocacy statewide. “We requested increased funding; the legislators delivered,” said Fiala. For more information, contact Collier County Coastal Zone Manager Gary McAlpin at 239-252-5342 or GaryMcAlpin@colliergov.net. Read More »

Local Student Wins Essay

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Madison Hopkins, a seventh grader, who is the school’s winner in the county-wide “Laws of Life” essay contest, as she is being awarded the certificate and a $25 gift card to the Coastland Mall by the school’s CEO/Principal, Mr. George Abounader.  Wendy Wynne Hodgson, the Coordinator for Social Studies for the District School Board of Collier County, organized this 18th annual Character Education Essay Contest and invited schools throughout the County to participate.  Hundreds of excellent essays were received and a panel of impartial judges read and selected the winners.  Maddie wrote about the character trait of “tolerance” and cited a ... Read More »

181 Dresses Collected For PACE

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Seminole Casino Immokalee hosted a charity event on Thursday, May 1, to benefit the PACE Center for Girls’ fourth annual “Love That Dress!” shopping spree event. The casino collected 181 new and slightly used dresses during the event. The fourth annual “Love That Dress!” shopping spree event will be held August 23 at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, where guests may enjoy cocktails, a silent auction and choose from thousands of new and gently used dresses and accessories available for purchase at low prices. Proceeds from the event directly benefit the PACE Center for Girls in Collier County. Read More »

Mail/Absentee Ballots Sent Out

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office will begin to send mail/absentee ballots tomorrow, May 9, to Uniformed and Overseas Citizens of Collier County. Mail/absentee ballots to all eligible domestic/non-uniformed and overseas voters will begin to be mailed on Wednesday, May 21. The deadline to request a mail/absentee ballot is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18. To request or track your absentee ballot for the Special General Election, visit www.CollierVotes.com under the “Vote by Mail” tab, or contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at 252-VOTE. 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 »

In Memoriam: Tony Sans

Albert Einstein said, “Our death is not an end if we can live on in children and the younger generation.” Tony Sans wore many hats on Marco Island: lifeguard at Residents Beach, Parks and Recreation employee, Sports Camp counselor and Code enforcement compliance officer. It is with great sadness we report Tony passed away on Tuesday, April 22. Tony was born in Vietnam in December 1973. He was adopted by his parents Robert and Cynthia (nee Sattfield) Sans. He grew up in Wisconsin before moving to Naples in 2001. He is survived by his parents; brothers John Sans of Jackson, ... Read More »

Dan A. Hughes Co. Illegally Drills for Oil; DEP Responds

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) finalized a Consent Order last week with the Dan A. Hughes Company, L.P. for unauthorized activities at the Collier – Hogan well south of Lake Trafford in Collier County. “The department caught the Dan. A. Hughes Company conducting unauthorized activities and immediately took action to assess the maximum civil penalties. In addition, the department is requiring Dan A. Hughes to hire an independent expert, approved by the department, to conduct ongoing groundwater monitoring of the area to ensure no damage to the environment or risk to the public occurred because of their unauthorized actions. The ... Read More »

FOT Nabs 240 lbs of Debris at Clean Up

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Friends of Tigertaill Beach are wrapping up season with a flurry of activity. On March 24, FOT hosted its annual Membership Appreciation Dinner, with more than 50 attendees, including three of the founding members. Then on Saturday, April 12, FOT held the Annual Bay Days Beach Clean Up. A whopping 240 lbs. of trash and debris were collected in a total of 22 large garbage bags by some 70 volunteers. “Keep Collier Beautiful” provided the volunteers with garbage bags, plastic gloves, water bottles, item tally boards and event T-shirts. It was an astonishing mix of ... Read More »

Why I love Marco Island

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Marco Island Writers and the Marco Island Library Branch of Collier County collaborated on a writing contest for non-published writers. The topic: “Why I love Marco Island.” In no particular order, the finalists are Shirley Woolaway, Elaine Lancaster, E.J. Noyes, Maureen Chadaba and Anna Marie Smith.  Their entries can be viewed online at www.coastalbreezenews.com The April meeting of Marco Island Writers was held at Mango’s in the Esplanade to celebrate the group’s upcoming third anniversary. A special thanks goes out to Kristine Wruk for organizing the event. Good times were had by all. The May meeting will resume at the Marco Lutheran Church at 525 N. Collier Blvd. on May 14. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to network ... 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 »

Panther Captured Near Beach Relocated

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists and law enforcement officers captured and relocated an endangered Florida panther found near the beach at Clam Pass Park in Collier County. Beachgoers spotted the panther in the mangroves as they were walking over a boardwalk that leads to the beach. FWC biologists and law enforcement officers responded to the scene and darted the panther with a tranquilizer. After a brief health assessment, biologists determined that the panther was in good condition. Biologists will use a radio collar to track future movements of the approximately 2-year-old male panther, which they estimate to ... Read More »

“U.S. National Security: What’s at Stake?”

Frank Gaffney, Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy, will speak to two local groups on “U.S. National Security in 2014: What’s at Stake?” with a focus on the threat posed by EMP’s, electromagnetic pulse, and the potential impact on our national security caused by either natural causes or an intentional attack on our electrical grid. On Thursday, April 3, from 5 – 7 pm, he will address the Conversation and Cocktails, By Invitation Only!  sponsored by the Women’s Republican Club of Naples Federated.   For further information, or to rsvp for the event, please contact jfaceg1@hotmail.com or pwgrannis@comcast.net. ... Read More »