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Getting students involved in the Electoral Process!

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The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office will host their fourth annual High School Voter Registration Challenge this fall. So far, 11 high schools have scheduled their voter registration drives. The Supervisor of Elections is challenging local high schools to get students registered for future elections and so far, the following schools are scheduled to participate: Barron Collier High School, Everglades City School, First Baptist Academy, Golden Gate High School, Immokalee High School, Lorenzo Walker Technical College, Marco Island Academy, Naples High School, Palmetto Ridge High School, Seacrest Country Day School, and St. John Neumann High School. The high school ... Read More »

Baby Basics of Collier County

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Baby Basics of Collier County (www.BabyBasicsCollier.org) – a volunteer organization that provides free diapers and kindness to over 400 infants and toddlers from low-income, working families in Collier County and Bonita Springs and is celebrating its six millionth diaper donated this year – will host its 9th annual Champagne Brunch & Fashion Show on Friday, November 4. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m The Baby Basics Champagne Brunch & Fashion Show will feature delicious food, local models, a showing of fall’s latest fashions by Wildflower and J&K Collections and stunning jewelry by Bigham Jewelers. The event will also feature silent auction with the chance to ... Read More »

Florida Reefs: Old and New

A sea turtle makes its way across a reef this past summer. Photo by Bob McConville

Stepping Stones Bob McConville A short while ago I wrote an article about the decline of the coral reef system in the Florida Keys. Included were some pictures that actually showed a section of a reef and how dramatic the change occurred over a 20-year period. It was not good. The brightly colored corals of yesterday are now gray and brown. Unfortunately, this is not just a local problem. The vitality of coral reefs and their sensitive ecosystems worldwide are in trouble. Stable levels of sunlight, the proper amount of salt content (salinity), warmth and cleanliness all combined and allowed ... Read More »

Hands Are For Helping

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island’s first Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run will take place on October 15 to benefit The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. The name of the 5K is a reference to The Shelter’s “Hands Are for Helping Not For Hitting” Program, a violence prevention program for Pre-K through first grade, where children learn non-aggressive ways to deal with anger. The Shelter serves the community in many ways, through providing an emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling and education. In addition to supporting fundraising efforts, one of the main goals of the Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run is to ... Read More »

Connecting with the Past: Cultural Resources in Rookery Bay Reserve Provide Insights to Early Coastal Life

Each artifact is recorded and photographed. Photos by Renee Wilson

Coastal Connections By Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Thousands of years ago, indigenous people called the Calusa inhabited much of coastal Southwest Florida. The Calusa culture was a complex society that thrived on the bounty of the estuary as opposed to agriculture, which was the primary means of subsistence for many other early American people. Numerous Calusa settlements were developed along the Collier County coastline and were occupied from 400 to 2,500 years ago. Changing their landscape on many fronts, the Calusa people left behind traces of their way of life on the shell mound complexes they built. The size and locations ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Partners With FIU

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Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Florida International University (FIU) have established a new partnership that will serve FIU students as well as citizens of Collier County and surrounding areas. This unique educational and research partnership will enhance the environmental understanding necessary to manage the reserve’s 110,000 acres. Nine joint reserve-FIU staff positions have been created for scientific research, education and resource management. This partnership will enable both FIU and the reserve to continue developing science-driven monitoring and management approaches to these issues. “Current watershed-level restoration projects, such as the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, make this a critical time for ... Read More »

CATEGORY FIVE PURRICANE

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Cats have blown in from all over the county, and Collier Domestic Animal Services (DAS) needs help weathering the storm! Due to the influx in the cat population at the shelter, DAS has lowered the adoption price of felines to $5 for the month of September. “During the summer months, we always see an increase in the cat population,” said DAS Director Darcy Andrade. “We hope offering adoptions at such a low price will alleviate the pressures of the feline population surge.” Every adoption includes: spay/neuter surgery, age appropriate vaccinations, FELV/FIV test, flea prevention and deworming, Collier County license, microchip ... Read More »

Sandlin Real Estate Team Welcomes Matthew Mann

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Submitted RE/MAX is known for having outstanding agents who are among the most productive in the industry. The Sandlin Real Estate Team is consistently among the top producing teams in all of RE/MAX. During 2015 the Sandlin Team was recognized as the #1 producing RE/MAX Team on Marco Island, in Naples and throughout Collier County. The team finished #4 in sales within the state of Florida for RE/MAX Teams. The team has successfully closed over 1,800 real estate transactions over the past 15 years. That’s one sale every three days! For 15 years… The only way to sustain and improve ... Read More »

Everglades Seafood Festival

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Submitted Everglades City celebrated another glorious Seafood Festival in February this year when an estimated 40,000 people visited this historic rural town, the first seat of Collier County. The organizers, the not-for-profit Betterment Association of the Everglades Area, are pleased that so many people from all over the state helped to make it a success and are distributing proceeds to needy causes in the local community. They are already planning the next Festival. Mark your 2017 calendars for February 10th through 12th. For information and to see snapshots of the 2016 event, see www.evergladesseafoodfestival.org. To become a sponsor, phone the ... Read More »

Critical Wildlife Areas

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By Charlette Roman State-designated Critical Wildlife Areas, or CWAs, established by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), are very important for the preservation of our local environment. These specified areas ensure that the most vulnerable wild creatures are protected for future generations. Because wildlife will concentrate in a CWA, we can protect large numbers by closing off a very small area. Marco Island benefits by having two CWAs. The Big Marco Pass CWA, which includes all of Sand Dollar and parts of Tigertail lagoon, was designated as a Critical Wildlife Area in 1988. This FWC-managed area protects shorebirds ... Read More »

Naples Press Club Announces 2016-2017 Journalism Scholarship Recipients

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The Press Club is renewing NPC Terrence J. Miller $1,000 Journalism Scholarships for Collier County students Melissa Gomez (Lely HS 2014)-junior, University of Florida; and Eleanor “Ellie” Rushing (Naples HS 2015)-sophomore, Rollins College. Lauren Schoepfer (Barron Collier HS)-senior, University of Central Florida, is receiving an NPC $500 Journalism Scholarship. NPC Terrence J. Miller $1,000 Annual Renewable Journalism Scholarships were also awarded to Collier County students Tamica Jean-Charles (Naples HS 2016)-freshman, International University-Miami; and Jaynie Tice (Palmetto Ridge HS 2013)-senior, Florida Gulf Coast University. The NPC Endowed FGCU Foundation Journalism Scholarship was awarded to Vilsoir “Villy” Satine-senior, Florida Gulf Coast University. ... Read More »

Police, Fire and City Employees Donate Backpacks

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Submitted For the seventh year, the City of Marco Island employees participated in the Give Back–Fill a Pack initiative in support of the Shelter for Abused Women and Children. The Shelter collects school supplies annually to ensure that school-aged children are well prepared when heading back to school in August. The goal to surpass last year’s total of 64 backpacks was accomplished, and a total of 84 backpacks were donated. “We are happy to assist the children in our community with school supplies and encouragement that will enable them to learn and be successful in life,” said Police Chief Al ... Read More »

City Council Update

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides At the August 1 meeting of the Marco Island City Council, Kelli DeFedericis, the Flood Plain Coordinator for the city, made a presentation to the board, which amounted to what could best be described as an early Christmas present for homeowners on the island. Homeowners within the city will be receiving an additional 5% improvement in their flood insurance premium; previous to this latest adjustment property owners had received a 20% credit and will now receive a 25% deduction from their previous rates on flood insurance. DeFedericis was quick to point out that it was a ... Read More »

DAS OFFERS ‘NAME YOUR OWN PRICE ADOPTIONS’

In an effort to find homes for the homeless animals of Collier County, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is adopting animals at the customer’s desired price. The Name Your Own Price promotion is the response to the growing population of homeless animals at the shelter. From now until the end of August, customers will be able to decide the price of the animal they would like to adopt. Any price in a whole dollar amount will be accepted. Pet adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip, county license and more. This is a value of over $400. To view adoptable ... Read More »

Naples Press Club Announces Journalism Scholarship Recipients

The Press Club is renewing NPC Terrence J. Miller $1,000 Journalism Scholarships for Collier County students Melissa Gomez (Lely HS 2014)-junior, University of Florida; and Eleanor “Ellie” Rushing (Naples HS 2015)-sophomore, Rollins College. Lauren Schoepfer (Barron Collier HS)-senior, University of Central Florida, is receiving an NPC $500 Journalism Scholarship. NPC Terrence J. Miller $1,000 Annual Renewable Journalism Scholarships were also awarded to Collier County students Tamica Jean-Charles (Naples HS 2016)-freshman, International University-Miami; and Jaynie Tice (Palmetto Ridge HS 2013)-senior, Florida Gulf Coast University. The NPC Endowed FGCU Foundation Journalism Scholarship was awarded to Vilsoir “Villy” Satine-senior, Florida Gulf Coast University. ... Read More »

COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION NOTICE FOR COMMUNITY MARKET PROPOSALS

The Collier County Parks & Recreation Division announces that organizations, groups and individuals interested in conducting long-term community markets in Collier County parks will need a Community Market Use Agreement. Community markets are open air markets that sell fruits and vegetables, goods or services to willing buyers. A market is considered long-term if the duration of the market is greater than 31 consecutive days, but does not exceed 12 months. Those interested in conducting long-term community markets should contact Miguel Rojas Jr. at(239) 252-4031 to receive an application for a Long-Term Community Market Use Agreement. All community market requests on county ... Read More »

City Council Budget Workshop

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By Maureen Chodaba The word “workshop” brings forth an image of laborers as they collectively hammer and chisel away, piece by piece, with the goal of constructing something that will be functional and structurally sound. And so it was on July 8 at the Marco Island City Council Budget Workshop as the council forged their way, honing and refining several items. The proposed draft budget for Fiscal Year 2017 was presented to the council with components that included the General Fund (operations that are supported by property taxes), Enterprise Funds (Building Services, Recreation and Racquet Club) and the Utility Funds ... Read More »

A Girl Named Tommie

Betsy Perdichizzi as Tommie Barfield Photo by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Betsy Perdichizzi is a Marco Island paragon of knowledge and talent. Her love of the island’s history combined with her acting and writing skills contributed to the development of the Marco Island Historical Society. Betsy and her husband, Bill, co-chaired the original capital campaign to raise funds for the construction of the Marco Island Historical Museum. The museum complex located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive was deeded to Collier County in 2010. The museum and Rose History Auditorium serve as cultural centers for the residents and visitors of Marco Island. One way in which the funds were ... Read More »