Tag Archives: Collier County

Joey D’s to Open Monday at 5 PM

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Islanders have been waiting patiently for a number of months now as the opening of the Joey D’s Italian Restaurant and Bar has been anticipated since the start of the year. On Monday evening, July 17 at 5 PM their long wait will finally be over, as Joe DiPascali will return to the island where ... Read More »

Brown Paper Bags Make a Difference

By Samantha Husted  In early June, thousands of Marco Island residents received a brown paper grocery bag in the mail. The bags were sent on behalf of real estate team the Bartos Group of Premiere Plus Realty as part of their annual food drive. For the past three years the Bartos Group has taken a stand against hunger in Collier ... Read More »

Peak Hatch for Black Skimmers at Sand Dollar Island

By Maria Lamb There are over 1,000 nesting pairs of threatened least terns and black skimmers at Marco’s colonies on Sand Dollar Island. The beach is covered in least tern and black skimmer chicks. It is also peak hatch for the black skimmer chicks. According to Brad Cornell of Audubon of Western Everglades, “The July 4th weekend is the last ... Read More »

New Association Estoppel Law Limits Charges

LAW MATTERS William G. Morris  One of the important aspects of sale of a property in a homeowners association or a condominium association is prorating the maintenance assessment account between buyer and seller. Florida’s Condominium Act and Homeowners Association Act make seller and buyer equally responsible for assessments that come due up to the transfer of title. When closing on title ... Read More »

League of Women Voters Announces New Officers 

The members of the League of Women Voters of Collier County, at the organization’s Annual Meeting at Hilton Naples in early April, unanimously elected the following officers and directors to serve two-year terms ending in April 2019: Charlotte Nycklemoe and Diana Walsh, Co-Presidents; Vi Steffan, 1st Vice President; Robin Larkin, Secretary; Heather Baker, Pam Brown, and Pat Howard, Directors; and Becky ... Read More »

Republicans Discuss Hot Potato Issues

By Maria Lamb The Caxambas Republican Club (“CRC”) hosted an evening of “Hot Potato Issues” on June 14. Guest speaker, Marco Island City Councilor Bob Brown, spoke on the critical emergency medical services (EMS) question, “Who will determine your destiny during a medical emergency?” It was a packed room of attendees, anxious to hear more about the direction of Marco ... Read More »

CMCD Spells R-E-L-I-E-F From Mosquitoes That Is

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Since the first week in May, Goodlanders have been swatting and scratching their way through life, facing relentless attacks from swarms of salt marsh mosquitoes, waiting eagerly and ravenously outside their doors. A mosquito that breeds in salt water is one of the worst nightmares for a community surrounded by the stuff. These guys usually ... Read More »

Volunteers Are a Valuable Resource

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us With more than 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters to manage and protect, the small staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is very busy, and always happy to receive help. Through a strong volunteer program, hundreds of individuals play a vital role in the preservation, restoration and management of our mangrove estuary, donating ... Read More »

Growth Management Wins National Award

Collier County’s Growth Management Department was recently awarded an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for using real-time data to create an accessible inspections environment. As part of NACo President Bryan Desloge’s presidential initiative, the county also received recognition as one of the 100 Brilliant Ideas at Work, illustrating the best innovations in county government nationwide. Following ... Read More »

Mosquito Control Targeting Invasion 

The Collier Mosquito Control District (the District) is continuing to see high numbers of salt marsh mosquitoes through its surveillance program and is scheduling missions to control the aggressive biters. The habitat which produces these mosquitoes is so abundant to the south and east of Naples, the pests are coming off the mangroves in broods easily numbering in the trillions ... Read More »

The First 72 Are Up to You! Stay Safe This Hurricane Season

Submitted The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is underway now through November 30. Over the last 50 years, our coastal community has enjoyed many hurricane-free seasons. But in 1960 Hurricane Donna, a strong Category 3 hurricane, swept up the county’s coast from Everglades City to Bonita Beach causing substantial storm surge flooding along the entire coastline. In 2005, Category 3 Hurricane ... Read More »

Community Development Director on the Job

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Since early 2014 the operations of both the Marco Island Planning Department and the Building Services Department have reported separately to the office of the city manager. That change came about after the departure of the former community development director just prior to the hiring of former city manager, Roger Hernstadt. When Hernstadt assumed his role ... Read More »

The Future is Bright

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com On a daily basis we seem to be barraged by story after story of what we can’t get accomplished or what is wrong within our nation and the world. Reports of violence, corruption and disappointment seem to sell better as the news of the day. Don’t get me wrong, not all is perfect, ... Read More »

Medical Marijuana Update | What’s happening with the moratorium?

By Samantha Husted County commissioners recently voted 4-1 to shorten the yearlong moratorium that had been placed on the distribution of medical marijuana in Collier County. The new deadline has been set for October 10. The motion came a day after Florida legislators failed to pass a body of law necessary for implementing the amendment. The Florida Department of Health ... Read More »

 Pollution Control Receives Accreditation 

Collier County Pollution Control’s water quality field sampling program was approved for accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation as a Field Sampling Monitoring Organization. This makes Collier County one of two governmental agencies and one of five programs overall to achieve this accreditation statewide. The idea to seek accreditation as a Field Sampling Monitoring Organization began about two ... Read More »

What’s Old is Not Forgotten

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum is pleased to present “What’s Old is Not Forgotten” by the Naples Digital Photography Club (DPI-SIG), on display from June 6 to August 26. The exhibit is comprised completely of images captured within Collier County by local photographers. A free opening reception sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society will be held from on ... Read More »

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 »