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Boys & Girls Club of Collier County provides a preview Youth Development Center

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently held a community awareness event at CareerSource SouthWest Florida in Immokalee. The event was held to showcase plans for the Micheal G. Degroote and Gillian Campbell Youth Development Center. Hosted by Lipman Produce, the event drew various members, supporters and organizations from throughout the Immokalee community. Dinner was provided and attendees were introduced to several Immokalee youth from the Boys & Girls Club who presented their heartfelt, personal stories of  how the Club has helped them overcome challenges. Attendees also received a glimpse of the floor plans and design for the ... Read More »

Jewish Deli Fest

In 2014, some 1,000 people visited JCMI’s Jewish Deli Fest. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It is back by popular demand. The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) will hold its annual Jewish Deli Fest Sunday, Jan. 25, 11:30 AM-4:00 PM, at 991 Winterberry Drive. Last year, more than 1,000 people delighted in the event, and it sold out. Members of the JCMI congregation have been cooking since Jan. 7, as they prepare to feed the community of Marco Island and all of Collier County. This year’s Jewish Deli Fest will feature: Bernie’s Deli: Come and enjoy a New York-style deli sandwich of kosher-style corn beef, pastrami or salami with ... Read More »

A Record Year for Panthers… But Not A Record to Celebrate

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Submitted More of our state’s panthers have been killed on roadways than ever before this year. And when it’s a female, that often means orphaned kittens. And every year, this endangered species also suffer injuries that require biologists and veterinarians to step in and help. Up to this point, however, much of that care involved transporting cats from Collier County to Central or Northern Florida – requiring a sick or wounded cat to endure long hours of transport. You can help us change that in 2015 by donating today. A Local Solution for Our Local Cats We are planning a ... Read More »

A Sense of Community

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COASTALCOMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net What a wonderful time of year! People seem to be sparkling as much as the festive lights all over the Island. There have been so many parties and events over the past few weeks which continue to keep us all together. As I was thinking about writing this column and accentuating the holiday season, I again feel that the island is so blessed to have the City Council who voted to buy the Glon Property, now the Veteran’s Park, and the focal point of many of the Island festivities. I truly believe it is because you ... Read More »

Spreading Joy

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Joy of Giving started off years ago as one person — Nicki Davis — getting presents for a few less fortunate children. Within a few years, the charity grew into a handful of elves helping more children and their siblings. Today, it is a 501(c)(3) charity which has grown to serve more than 1,000 children in Collier County thanks to the help of dozens of individuals and various organizations. Davis is still behind it all, but she insists she could not have done it without her right hand, Misty Sayah. “Each year we get better,” ... Read More »

New Manager of Wastewater Treatment at MI Utilities

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Jon H. Pratt is a Renaissance man. Studying chemistry and biology in college, the Chicago native began his working life as a research chemist working on products for the pulp and paper industry. Then, he tried his luck as a stock broker for E.F. Hutton & Co. After the stock market crash in 1989, he went into business for himself. At one point, he started a wine importing business, bringing fine German wines to the US. He even had the opportunity to work as a spokesperson for the Home Shopping Network. Then, 28 years ago, ... Read More »

SWAMP Programs Begin at Big Cypress

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Submitted A new season of environmental education programs for Collier County’s sixth-grade students has begun with student field trips to the Big Cypress National Preserve. Programs began in October and are scheduled through the end of March. They are supported this year by the South Florida National Parks Trust (SFNPT), the official nonprofit partner of the Big Cypress National Preserve. More than 3,000 students, teachers and parents are scheduled to explore the Big Cypress Swamp this season on ranger-led field trips while participating in the Swamp Water and Me Program (SWAMP), the preserve’s hands-on environmental education program. The program gives ... Read More »

ASTON GARDENS RAISES $2,420 FOR LIGHTHOUSE

Thank you to Aston Gardens, their residents and guests for raising $2,420 at their 11th Annual Art Fest on November 20, 2014. Aston Garden’s residents donated their art to be placed in a silent auction with the net proceeds benefiting Lighthouse of Collier. The event was open to the public. Over 100 participated in the fun filled afternoon. Lighthouse of Collier sends a BIG thank you to all the residents and staff for such a fun and successful event. A special Thank You to Peggy Davis. Lighthouse of Collier will use the funds to expand current programs or initiate new ... Read More »

Bedtime Bundles Gives Y an Early Christmas Present

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By Dianna Dohm Bedtime Bundles presented the Greater Marco Family YMCA with an $118,000 check to continue the grass roots work it began eight years ago. On Sept. 22, Bedtime Bundles directors announced they were ceasing operation due to the sweeping changes in the federal government’s Migrant Title I Education Program. These changes along with the decrease in the school liaison portion of the program severely limited the information needed for Bedtime Bundles to support the local migrant worker families and underserved of Collier County. In searching for a solution, Bedtime Bundles found the Greater Marco Family YMCA had a ... Read More »

Smallwood Music Festival

Stepping into the Smallwood Store is a trip
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By Pat Newman Museum curators could never replicate the artifacts contained in the Smallwood Store standing precariously on the western edge of the Everglades. The original 1906 trading post and post office, established by Ted Smallwood, has changed little over the last century. Bottles of liniment, wooden dolls dressed in traditional Seminole garb, dry goods and other necessities of life, line the store’s wooden shelves. Preserving this gem of Florida history is coming to a head, though, possibly in January, in a Florida courtroom. A four-year legal battle over a spit of road leading to the store, now a museum ... Read More »

Pets and Their Marco Island Condos

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Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Half of the condos on Marco Island welcome owner’s pets. Each pet-friendly condo has unique rules about the weight, size, number and type of pet allowed. For instance, some condos require a dog to be under 8 or 17 or 25 pounds. Some have height limitations like 17 inches to the shoulder. Some condos have no weight restrictions. We could not find any condos that allow renters to bring their pets with them. Generally, renters with pets will have to rent a house, stay at the Boat House Motel or use ... Read More »

Morris Law Gives Disney Dream “For the Family”

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Submitted Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 “For the Family” vacation. Starting with the firm’s 30th Anniversary last year, the Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. decided to donate an all-expense paid vacation to Disney World to a family of four, instead of throwing a party to celebrate. The firm announced today that it plans on making the holiday give-away to a local area needy family an annual event which will be called “For the Family”. This year, the firm is donating a three-day, three-night, trip to Disney World to a family of four. Attorney William G. ... Read More »

PRESCRIBED BURN

If weather conditions permit, a one day prescribed burn will be executed sometime between Dec. 1 and Feb. 1, 2015, by the Florida Forest Service on the Conservation Collier Redroot Preserve, located 15 miles east of 1-75 north of Immokalee Road, east of Sanctuary Road and south of Limpkin Road in Section 23, Township 47, Range 27, Collier County.  The property is owned by Collier County under the Conservation Collier Program.  The burn is a part of on-going Forest Service fuel reduction and forest management programs and follows the Redroot Preserve Management Plan in place to benefit the natural resources and ... Read More »

WORLD AIDS DAY

Planned Parenthood of Collier County knows that knowledge saves lives, and Monday, Dec. 1 – World AIDS Day – is the perfect time to act on that notion. Free and confidential rapid HIV testing will be available that day at its Naples and Immokalee locations. No appointment is necessary. Testing hours are noon to 3:30 p.m. All it takes is a simple finger prick, and results are available in as little as 20 minutes. To make the wait easier – even beautiful – those who get tested that afternoon can pass the time by receiving a free MAC makeup application. ... Read More »

Public Safety Center Opens at Mile Marker 63

For decades, motorists traveling across Alligator Alley from Miami to Naples were often very far away from first responders if they got into trouble. All of that changed Nov. 6 when a long-awaited public safety center opened at mile marker 63. The county has been working to get an emergency services center on Alligator Alley for more than 25 years. Then-Ochopee Fire Chief Vince Doerr initially made the request to the state in 1988, before Alligator Alley became a four-lane road. The Ochopee Fire Department, which staffs the new station, has been the department responsible for responding to incidents on ... Read More »

Hope for the Hungry

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff By all accounts, Captain Hope and his band of warriors successfully packaged a ton of meals at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. This was the third year the Sunrise Rotary Club, the Noontime Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club came together to organize the event in the school gym. Local attorney and Rotarian Neil Snyder (aka Captain Hope) leads the charge as chairman, with event logistics handled by fellow Rotarian Erik Condee. Neil’s goals for 2014 were immense: first, raise $40,000; second, package 200,000 meals in two hours; and third, recruit 500 Hope Warriors ... Read More »

Iberia Bank Transforms Shredded Paper into FOT Scholarship Funds

$2000 Shred Party check presented to FOT President Linda Colombo (left) by Keith Dameron (center) Iberia Bank retiring VP and Branch Manager and Laura Schneider (right) incoming Branch Manager. PHOTOS BY JOSEPH PARISI

Submitted Keith Dameron, retiring vice president and manager, organized and orchestrated a very successful 15th Shred Party, Nov, 8, at Iberia Bank on Bald Eagle Drive. The practical purpose of this event is to help in the prevention of identity theft. Additionally, the $3 fee per box of documents translates into benefiting a community cause. For each Shred Party, the bank has designated a Marco Island nonprofit as the beneficiary of the day’s proceeds. This year’s fortunate recipient was Friends of Tigertail Beach, a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to the stewardship of the unique, rich natural area that comprises ... Read More »

Condo Concepts

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CONDO DESIGN By Sandy and Gary Elliott www.sandyelliottinteriors.com www.marcoislandcondoguy.net Although people buying a Marco Island condo this year range in age from 22 to 92, the average age of a condo buyer is 57, and the median age is 60. Thankfully, Collier County is where women can expect to live the longest in the United States — 86. Men living here have a life expectancy of 80. These life expectancies will only increase as NCH Healthcare Systems initiates its Blue Zones Project in Southwest Florida in support of its 10-year vision to make the region an even healthier, happier and ... Read More »

Commissioners Rename Freedom Park in Honor of Commissioner Fred Coyle

Coyle Freedom Park. “I would like to thank my fellow commissioners for recognizing my years of service to the county by renaming the park in my honor,” said Coyle. “It is an incredible tribute to have my name associated with a park in my district that honors the members of our Armed Forces and Uniformed Services who protect our lives and freedoms.” Commissioner Coyle, a Vietnam War veteran, has always had a special connection to the park, leading the charge to have it developed. The county bought the land for the park, located at 1515 Golden Gate Parkway in Coyle’s ... Read More »

DEP, Collier County Enter Agreement on Dan A. Hughes Enforcement

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently finalized a stipulated agreement with Collier County, clearing the way for the county to join DEP in its lawsuit against the Dan A. Hughes Co., a Beeville, TX-based oil and gas company. Filed in July, the lawsuit requests the court’s enforcement of the requirements under a consent order between DEP and the Dan A. Hughes Co. and seeks monetary penalties in excess of $100,000 as a result of the company violating the terms of the consent order and other regulations. The consent order was issued in April ... Read More »