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ENFD Mergers


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 or ... Read More »

14th Document Shred Party

IBERIABANK is proud to support the local community by providing document shredding services on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 605 Bald Eagle Drive on Marco Island. This event will be the 14th shred party that IBERIABANK has hosted in Collier County. Over 60 tons of shredded material have been collected through these community events. A $3.00 donation per box is requested with all proceeds benefitting the Marco Police Foundation’s scholarship fund. The Marco Island Police Department will have a SUV patrol vehicle on display for demonstrations for the public. Island Paradise DJ, Steve Reynolds, will be on ... Read More »

Bedtime Bundles receives Fist Full of Dollars


The Southwest Chapter of 100+ Women Who Care presented Marco Island’s home town aid organization, Bedtime Bundles with checks totaling $7,400. The mission of 100+ Women Who Care is to bring women together and in 60 minutes time raise significant dollars with the least amount of time. At every meeting each member has the opportunity to nominate a charity for consideration. Bedtime Bundles was recently chosen and was given a $100 check. Bedtime Bundles serves the migrant workers and underserved of Collier County by providing them with basics of daily living such as food, blankets, underwear, sweatpants, sweat shirts toiletries, ... Read More »

County Breaks Ground on Road Project

By Noelle H. Lowery On Feb. 7, Collier County and the Florida Department of Transportation broke ground on a project nearly 20 years in the making — the U.S. 41 and S.R./C.R. 951 Intersection Capacity Improvement Project. The two-year project is being completed in conjunction with the resurfacing of 951 from south of Fiddler’s Creek Parkway to south of 41. According to Connie Deane, Collier County’s community liaison, the projects are part of a Joint Participation Agreement with FDOT, which will be reimbursing Collier County for approximately $14 million of the approximately $20 million in construction costs. The combined ... Read More »

Elementary Engineering

Former TBE student and chemical engineer Jeff Compton watches as a group of students engineer their oil clean-up solution. PHOTOS BY DR. JORY WESTBERRY

By Noelle H. Lowery It has been said that play is the purest form of research, and the fourth-grade students in Gail Dunphy’s class at Tommie Barfield Elementary School have put this statement to the test. Since November, TBE’s entire fourth-grade team has been engaged in a classroom science project that combines engineering and technology to challenge students to devise a solution to clean up an oil spill. The project is part of the STEM — Science Technology Engineering and Math — program at TBE, and was developed by the Museum of Science-Boston through its National Center for Technological ... Read More »



Donna Fiala The Mackle Park issue is buzzing around the Island, but I usually do not give my opinions on anything the city is dealing with. But with Parks, I have such a strong opinion and such a great love for our children and families that I would like to contribute my comments. As you know, I live in East Naples and have for 40 years. We were usually on the losing end of receiving things that others had in their section of town (but that is now changing). The playground the county built in East Naples in 1987 ... Read More »

Summit House Ladies are All Aboard

The ladies of the Summit House Condominium  recently enjoyed a day at The Naples Depot. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Ladies of the Summit House Condominium on Marco Island explored their third Collier County museum this season. This time, they experienced The Naples Depot as well as the train display on the grounds of the Depot. The Depot came alive for these ladies with a private tour given by a knowledgeable guide, Jon Knickerson, who not only introduced the history of the Naples’ train era through its artifacts but made sure they experienced the sound of the approaching train. The museum provides the opportunity to board several train cars, including the vintage Smoking/Cocktail Car with its retro colors ... Read More »

Learning to Crawl

The ‘Daring Dozen,’ founders of the Goodland Art Alliance. Front row (l-r): Denise Santos, Margi Fortune, Tara O’Neill and Joan Fuller. Back row (l-r): Judy Wittwer, Darren Clack,
Natalie Strom, Julie Gross, Celeste Navara, Sherri Morrison, Dave Fuller and Jim Freeman. PHOTO BY TARA O’NEILL

Artful Life Tara O’Neill In November 2012, our community lost a great woman, and I lost a great friend with the passing of Helen Tateo. Helen was an inspiration to me for so many reasons and for so many years, but today, it’s her artful side that brings her into this column. In the 1960s, she owned the first art gallery on Marco Island. She was also one of the 12 founding members of the Art League of Marco Island (now the Marco Island Center for the Arts). The Center/Art League today, nearing its 45th birthday, is a thriving, ... Read More »

Bougainvillea — Kaleidoscope of Color


PLANT TALK Mike Malloy Native to Brazil, Bougainvillea is truly one of the showiest shrubs we have during the fall and winter months here in South Florida. Its spectacular color comes from its heart-shaped papery bracts. The tiny flower itself is usually white and located in the center of the colorful bract. A sprawling shrub with long thorny branches, Bougainvillea is commonly mistaken as a vine. Unfortunately, it lacks the tendrils that allow it to attach itself onto fixed objects. Bougainvillea’s come in a myriad of colors, including orange, pink, purple, red and white. Bougainvillea begin blooming after the ... Read More »

Hideaway Beach, Marco YMCA host big tournaments

Noreen Pitts and Carrie Masci.

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne The Hideaway Beach Club is hosting its Fourth Annual Open Doubles Tournament March 1-2, and is offering the following events: Men’s and Women’s 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 divisions. Each team is guaranteed two matches, logo t-shirt and lunch. The first 16 teams to sign up in each group are offered a spot in the draw. Here is the list of our 2013 winners: Women’s 4.0, Rachel Schenk and Jackie Pham; Women’s 3.5, Noreen Pitts and Carrie Masci; and Women’s 3.0, Margaret Kimberly and Ibit Scott. In the Men’s divisions, the 4.0 champions were Mike Piro ... Read More »

Wiener Dog Classic


By Coastal Breeze News Staff It was beautiful day at the races — wiener dog races, that is. Last weekend, Naples Estates hosted the Second Annual Collier County Wiener Dog Classic as part of its I Luv Pets Fest. Proceeds from the event — $465 — were donated to Dogs for Disabled Veterans, a non-profit organization that matches rescue dogs with veterans with special needs. The I Luv Pets Fest featured a number of vendors and non-profit organizations all geared toward the care, awareness or rescue of animals. This year’s Classic winner was Candy, who is owned by Peggy Kay ... Read More »

Terracina Grand Breaks Ground

(Left to right) John Schwaner, vice president of sales and marketing for The Goodman Group; Peter Hendrickson, executive director of Terracina Grand; Mark Fisher, vice president of JBG Design & Development; Donna Fiala, Collier County commissioner; Betty Becker, president of Resident Council for Terracina Grand; Dr. Ronald Garry, medical director and geriatrician; John Goodman, chairman of The Goodman Group; and David Slutzker, regional director of operations for The Goodman Group. PHOTOS BY RANDALL KENNETH JONES

By Randall Kenneth Jones As the shovels hit the dirt at the Jan. 15 groundbreaking of Terracina Grand’s new two-story memory care building near the corner of Davis Boulevard and County Barn Road, those in attendance were left to wonder. Is this construction project just another in a long list of new development projects popping up in Collier County — or was Terracina Grand literally breaking much more important ground in an effort to proactively plan for the future residential and medical needs of those requiring specialized memory care in our community? Afterwards, few would argue that the latter was ... Read More »

Crotons: Colorful Indoor or Outdoor Plants

Gold Dust Croton

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy Crotons (Codiaeum variegatum) were used years ago to decorate East Coast Florida hotel lobbies, as flower arrangements and planted extensively in Florida landscapes for their beautiful tropical color. They come in a kaleidoscope of colors: yellows, pinks, reds, greens, rusts and an occasionally purple and black. They also come in a multitude of leaf sizes and shapes. Flowers of the Crotons are small in size and are secondary to the more ornate colorful leaves. Crotons make wonderful year round colorful container or landscape plants without a lot work. Popular in the 1940s and 1950s, the Croton ... Read More »

How can amnesia be a good thing?

Rafael Nadal is able to overcome mistakes by employing his tennis 'amnesia.' photo by Doug Browne

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne As long as I can remember, the word amnesia had negative connotations. More recently, just about every major network magazine broadcast (“Dateline,” “20-20”) showcased certain amnesia cases that left the viewer scratching their heads. For example, a father of four is found 1,000 miles away and cannot remember his past life, or the woman from Michigan who strangely ended up in Key West homeless and unable to recall her former life. In each situation, it is hard for the observer to imagine how a person could completely erase their past lives and embark on a ... Read More »

Mamie Street Saved

Fences in disarray, a repaved road that doesn’t allow two cars to pass simultaneously and overgrown grass and debris has replaced the once beautiful entrance to the Smallwood Store thanks to FGG. PHOTOS BY NATALIE STROM

Mamie Street Saved On Tuesday, Jan. 16, the public won in the fight to keep Mamie Street a county road. I was out of town and unable to attend in person, but I did watch the entire public hearing on Collier TV. Out of the 21 people signed up to speak, 19 were able to stay and express their opposition to the Collier County “vacating” this road. In addition to many residents of the Everglades area, presenters included world-renowned photographer Clyde Butcher, “Seminole Tribune” writer Peter B. Gallagher and Florida songwriters Val C. Wisecracker and J. Robert Houghtaling. Lynn McMillan, ... Read More »

Pirates to Invade Marco Island Museum

Pirates say, ‘Arrrrrrrrrrr!’

By Noelle H. Lowery Pirates, buccaneers and swashbucklers, all roamed the gulf waters and mangrove swamps of Southwest Florida during what historians dubbed the “Golden Age of Piracy” between the 1650s and 1730s. In their wakes, they left tall tales of buried treasures, treachery amongst thieves and battles with Spanish and English sea captains. Swords will clash. Treasure will be found, and the Jolly Roger will fly high once again on Saturday, Jan. 25, in celebration of the Second Annual Pirate Day at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Marauders and scalawags will be on hand for pirate-themed arts and ... Read More »

The Star of the Everglades Its Journey From the 1920s to Today

The historical Lopez home located on the Lopez River. Jim Webb recalls that at the end of mullet season there were always big parties held here; the home no longer exists. Photo by Alvin Lederer

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward Mention the vessel Star of the Everglades to local, long-time residents, and it brings a big smile to their faces. Soon, they are flooded with memories of this fabulous boat which was aptly named the Star. Not only was the Star a luxury cruise boat for its day, but it also opened up the Ten Thousand Islands to world-class fishing. Digging into the vessel’s history, one quickly hears stories. Its first owner made money in the bird feather, or plume, trade in the late 1800s. The boat’s builder was extremely wealthy, becoming famous by running whiskey ... Read More »

What’s lurking in your Garden

Datura Devils Trumpet

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy Are there dangerous plants lurking in your garden? That pretty flower or leaf, or even the colorful bark you’ve been admiring, may cause redness, itching, blisters or even death! Because many tropical plants are toxic, those of us in South Florida have to be knowledgeable about selecting safe plants for our gardens. And, if children and/or pets frequent your garden, then you need to be extra vigilant of what’s growing out there. I’m going to first dispel the age-old assumption that the Poinsettia plant is poisonous. It’s not. It was proven in a well-known university ... Read More »