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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 »

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 »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County gives back to the community with Publix school supply drive

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Boys and Girls Club of Collier County recently distributed more than 2,000 cases of free school supplies to families and community partners that includes schools served by the Club, churches, shelters, and other non-profit organizations. The school supplies were generously donated by Publix Supermarkets and its customers as part of their annual school supply drive. Items included notebook paper, glue, markers, crayons, scissors, pencils, pens, folders and more. More than 30 different schools and organizations throughout Collier County received an invitation to pick up the supplies, followed by Family Night where families of Club members were given bags full of ... Read More »

Take Stock in Children recognized The Immokalee Foundation with statewide award in excellence Successfully providing Collier County’s youth with scholarships, mentors and hope

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The Immokalee Foundation, an affiliate of Take Stock in Children, was recently recognized with a coveted Excellence Award for successfully providing at-risk youth with caring volunteer mentors, college readiness curriculum and college scholarships. The Immokalee Foundation has shown great results with a high school graduation rate of 100 percent with 100 percent of those students entering college with the guidance of 86 mentors from the local community. This is well above Florida’s average high school graduation rate of 57 percent for students living in poverty, with only 28 percent enrolling in college. TIF, currently serving 125 students, received the award ... Read More »

3D Mammography Coming to PRCB

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Submitted Though the celebrations of October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness month are now underway, ask any health-conscious woman and she’ll quickly tell you: Breast health is a year-round focus. To that end, Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard will soon be the first hospital in Southwest Florida to offer 3D digital tomosynthesis for early breast cancer detection — mammography that allows for a more detailed understanding of breast tissue. Now FDA approved, 3D mammography has already resulted in an earlier detection of invasive and noninvasive breast cancers in multiple studies and is expected to be available to patients in November. This new screening ... Read More »

Little Rock Foundation

The Little Rock Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children who are blind or visually impaired initiated a bill into law establishing October as “Blindness Awareness Month.” In October 2010, the City of Naples proclaimed October as Blindness Awareness Month and World Sight Day. On October 9, 2012 The Collier County Board of Commissioners presented Lighthouse of Collier with a proclamation from the County. Studies indicate that over 14,000 persons in Collier County live with blindness or significant vision loss. Although blindness and vision loss largely affects senior citizen; accident, disease, genetics and other causes can ... Read More »

11th Annual Choice Affair

Political analyst, journalist, actor, producer, writer and MSNBC news program commentator Lawrence O’Donnell will lend his voice in support of women’s rights on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Collier County at its 11th Annual Choice Affair, to be held at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on Jan. 30, 2015. The premier fundraising event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. On his weeknight show, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” the host has devoted an impressive amount of screen time to advocates for women’s reproductive health and has been outspoken in ... Read More »

FWC Division of Law Enforcement Reports

Officers Marcus Reith and Heidi Johnson were conducting boating safety and marine fisheries inspections near Caxambas Pass in Collier County.  Officer Johnson boarded the vessel and was directed to a cooler located near the front of the vessel.  Upon inspection, Officer Johnson located five Red Grouper, three of which were undersized.  Appropriate citations and property receipts were issued and the fish were seized as evidence. During the September Commission meeting, commissioners approved the opening of a new hunting area in the Big Cypress National Preserve WMA known as the Addition Lands within Collier, Miami?Dade, and Monroe Counties. Several FWC officers ... Read More »

Artificial Reef Project Set to Begin

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The notoriously lengthy process of wading through government red-tape is now over. All of the permits are approved. In just 60 days, construction is set to begin on one of the world’s largest artificial reef projects. The six reefs — each the size of a football field — weigh in at around 500 tons each and are made up of six smaller pyramid-shaped reef modules. They will be deployed 12-30 miles off-shore from Marco Island, Naples and northern Collier County. “I’m really excited about this project. It’s been a passion of mine, and I never thought ... Read More »

Bedtime Bundles Closes

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The following notice was sent out regarding the closure of Bedtime Bedtimes, a popular local charity which was founded in 2006. The organization cites changes to the Title 1 Education Program as instrumental in their decision to cease operations. It considered closing once before when then Executive Director and Founder Karen Saeks chose to step down from her role. It wasn’t long before a group spearheaded by Dennis Pidherny offered to take over the reins of the organization. Last year, Bedtime Bundles delivered food and care bags to hundreds of migrant families at 6L Farms ... Read More »

County’s Growth Management Division Working to Make Development Easy

With Collier County poised to potentially grow to about 1 million people by 2080, the county’s Growth Management Division needs to keep up with demand and make it easier and faster for businesses to get their work done while at the same time making sure our quality of life is preserved. That was the message Growth Management Division Administrator Nick Casalanguida and Deputy Administrator Jamie French told the audience at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce’s Wake Up Naples event Wednesday morning at the Naples Hilton. The county has made improvements by taking a private sector approach to development, organized around client ... Read More »

Clerk’s Finance Wins Excellence Award

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. For the 28th consecutive year, the Finance and Accounting Department of the Clerk of the Circuit Court has been recognized for its excellent work on behalf of the citizens of Collier County. The Finance and Accounting Department is primarily ... Read More »

23 Hours and 50 Minutes of Magic

WWII vet Rudy Balocki and Honor Flight Guardian Jim Prange were  eager for the day’s memorable and moving festivities to begin, including trips to the WWII Memorial, Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial and Vietnam Memorial. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By John Scott Honor Flight Guardian Mel Ollman, a Marco Island resident since 1967, is in the prime of his life at 95 years of age. He and two other Marco Islanders — Francis O’Connell and Rudy Balocki — were among our World War II military heroes honored in September by Honor Flight of Collier County. Mark Sturdivent served as Guardian to Francis, while Jim Prange was Rudy’s Guardian for the trip. The magic began at 2:15 AM when I arrived at Mel’s apartment on Bald Eagle Drive. He was waiting for me enthusiastically at the door. My job was ... Read More »