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Get Out and Vote on Mackle Park Referendum

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The time has come for Marco Islanders to cast their ballot and let the City Council know where they stand on the construction of a new Mackle Park Community Center to replace the current 25-year-old center. The referendum question: “Shall the city expend up to $3.5 million to construct a new community center up to 16,000 square feet at Mackle Park?” It is a question that — in some way, shape or form — the Marco Island community has been dealing with since 2005 when the city released the Mackle Park master plan. Since the ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County launches 2014-2015 after-school programs

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The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County has opened enrollment for after-school programs at its five site locations: -          Main Campus (7500 Davis Blvd. Naples, Fla. 34104) -          Manatee Middle School (1920 Manatee Rd. Naples, Fla. 34114) -          Tommie Barfield Elementary School (101 Kirkwood St. Marco Island, Fla. 34145) -          Immokalee Middle School (401 N Ninth St. Immokalee, Fla. 34142) -          Immokalee High School (701 Immokalee Dr. Immokalee, Fla. 34142) The Club, which provides after-school programming for youth ages six to 18, has programs which focus on five core areas: character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, ... Read More »

MORE THAN 163 ACRES OF CONSERVATION LAND DONATED TO STATE OF FLORIDA

~Collier County property donation helps preserve habitat for endangered species~ The state of Florida is accepting a major land donation from Calusa Pines Golf Club, LLC, an affiliate of Indian Hill Partners. The move will preserve wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities in Collier County. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands, acting on behalf of Governor Scott and the Board of Trustees, accepted the donation of the more than 163 acres of valuable conservation land on the north border of Picayune Strand State Forest.  The parcel is valued at $400,000, and also includes $1,000 per acre for management. The donation ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County members attend FGCU STEM Camp

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Recently in partnership with NAACP Collier County, teen members from the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County had the opportunity to attend Florida Gulf Coast University’s STEM Camp. The two-week science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) camp brought emerging high school sophomores, juniors and seniors together to learn more about the four subject areas. Teens were able to improve their skills in engineering and mathematics by being exposed to real-world application, were introduced to practicing professionals in STEM fields and learned about potential college majors and internship opportunities. “STEM education is a major focus of our Club. Those key ... Read More »

Mid-Season Sea Turtle Update

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com For the last three months, Mary Kelly Nelson has been busy combing the beaches of Marco Island searching for evidence of Loggerhead sea turtle nests for Collier County’s Natural Resources Department. She has not been disappointed. Thus far, Nelson has found 68 turtle nests on Marco’s shore, down from 87 during the same time period last year. Even so, false crawls — tracks or other signs left in the sand by a sea turtle who has abandoned its attempt to nest — are down from 156 at this time last year to 97 this year. ... Read More »

School Supplies Needed

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By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com It’s hard to believe this summer is almost over and that another school year is quickly approaching. With two school-age children of my own, I’m already feeling the pinch of needing two sets of school supplies. I can usually only afford to get a few things at a time on my tight budget, and I’m not alone. According to The Education Foundation/Champions for Learning, more than 64 percent of Collier County schools had more than half of their students receiving free or reduced lunch during 2013-14. Thankfully, there will be some welcome relief, and to this ... Read More »

Straight Talk

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss,M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System The new arrivals are here — and all 18 of them are beautiful and gleaming. And we couldn’t be more proud! No, they’re not babies — they’re bassinets, and the proud “parents” in this case are North Naples Hospital COO and System CNO Michele Thoman, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services Bernadine Hinton, Nurse Manager Neonatal ICU (NICU) Cathy Ravelo, and our colleagues from DeAngelis Diamond Construction, who earlier this week announced the birth of our spanking new 18-bassinet NICU. Although five weeks premature (delivered early, which in this ... Read More »

Mackle Park Referendum: Island Parks & Rec Foundation Rallies Support

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Greg West is no stranger to the Mackle Park Community Center referendum, which is set for a vote in the Aug. 26 election. Until recently, West served as the chairman of the city of Marco Island’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC), and was one of the masterminds behind the committee’s marketing plan for the new community center. Now, as the president of the Island Parks & Recreation Foundation Inc., West is pulling out all of the stops for one final push to raise the community’s awareness and favor for a new Mackle Park Community ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County help raise awareness of swimming safety at “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson”

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently joined more than 40 Collier area agencies at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon to participate in the “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.” The Southwest Florida waterpark broke the record for the Largest Single Location with over 1,200 swimmers taking part in the lesson. The global event included registrations of more than 40,000 participants at 900+  locations in 48 states and 26 countries. It was created by the World Waterpark Association to raise awareness of the importance of teaching children to swim. During the event, children were led by instructors to practice swimming activities such as ... Read More »

SENSORY NIGHTS OFFERED AT GOLISANO CHILREN’S MUSEUM OF NAPLES

Sensory Night at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) is an engaging, interactive, and inspiring night to promote families playing, learning and dreaming together in a low-sensory museum experience. Held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 5-7pm, sensory night is intended for all individuals with sensory integration needs including people with autism.   According to Mary Fellenz, OTR/L, an Autism Specialist and owner of MF Therapy Group, “Sensations flow into the brain like streams flowing into a lake. Countless bits of sensory information enter our brain at every moment, not only from our eyes and ears, but also from ... Read More »

Collier Clerk Hits 5,000,000 Official Records

As of Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 9:31 am, the Clerk’s Recording Department had 5,000,000 official records in Collier County, according to Dwight E. Brock, Clerk of the Circuit Court. The one page instrument recorded as # 5,000,000 was a Notice of Commencement which provided public notice of an improvement planned for a piece of real property in the County, in accordance with Chapter 713 of the Florida Statutes.   Lee McCaskey of Florida Records Research was present on April 29, 1986 when the Clerk’s Office recorded instrument # 1,000,000.  Needless to say, a lot has changed since then, according ... Read More »

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 »

Cal Ripkin Sr. Foundation teaches Boys & Girls Club of Collier County youth the game of baseball

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Twenty youth and three chaperones from the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently attended the Cal Ripkin Sr. Foundation (CSRF) baseball camp in Aberdeen. The CRSF overnight camp attendees are deserving youth ages 10-14 from throughout the country, who join together to learn baseball and develop life-long character traits that will help build great futures. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is made possible through a grant partnership with Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival. Their camp begins with daily baseball instruction and activities followed by rope courses, special law enforcement presentations and intramural coach ... Read More »

Small Business Class Returning to Naples Applications being accepted for MicroEnterprise program

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The Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute is seeking entrepreneurs for its next Naples class, to be held at Catholic Charities of Collier County (2210 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples) starting June 30. The Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute is a training program to help emerging entrepreneurs start new ventures and grow small businesses. Graduates complete a business and management training course and work with mentors who are successful businesspersons. “We look at the feasibility of participants’ business ideas,” says Dorothy Browning, program manager of The Goodwill SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute. “We guide them through the start-up process. This program creates opportunities for ... 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 »