Tag Archives: Collier County

Meals of Hope Packaging Event

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Under the leadership of Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris, Meals of Hope volunteers successfully packaged 253,632 meals at this year’s packaging event. Volunteers filled the Marco Island Charter Middle School gym, where tables were set up for the assembly-line process of measuring, packaging, sealing and boxing meals for the hungry. Marco Island’s Sunrise Rotary Club, ... Read More »

Merrill Allen Thanks You: Music is his life. Goodland is his town.

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Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn If you should happen to greet Merrill Allen on the streets of Goodland, you might be surprised at the warmth and friendliness of his response. He says he has found fulfillment and happiness here. Merrill, who was born in Grantsburg, Wisconsin in 1957, moved to Goodland in 1993 and never looked back. He has become ... Read More »

The Sand Comes Trucking In

Trucks staging on South Collier Boulevard.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides   Earth Tech Enterprises of Naples took to the South Beach area of Marco Island like a small, but finely tuned platoon of “combat engineers” as they prepared the way for the delivery of over 900 truckloads of newly mined high quality beach sand from the quarries owned by Stewart Mines in Immokalee last week. The ... Read More »

Morris Law Firm to Donate Disney Trip

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Submitted For the last three years, the Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. has donated a family trip, an all expenses paid vacation to Disney World, to a local family in need of a little holiday cheer. The firm needs your help to find a local family who would benefit from its For the Family holiday give-away for the ... Read More »

Mutual of Omaha Gives Back 

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Submitted For the second consecutive year, Mutual of Omaha Bank (mutualofomahabank.com) presented Habitat for Humanity of Collier County (habitatcollier.org) with a gift of $10,000. The gift will help support financial literacy education for Habitat for Humanity homeowners, including budgeting classes in which volunteers from the bank discuss with future homeowners the importance of a budget and how to manage a ... Read More »

Free Dental Screenings For Local Children

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The traveling team that services schools and daycare centers throughout Collier County is (from left) Angelica Galindo, Yuni Diaz-Pratz, Yohana Hernandez and Susan Gorman.

Submitted Some were a little nervous about having their mouths checked, but in the end, a group of Y Early Learning Program children all benefited from dental screenings. The youngsters received a dental screening, and in some cases fluoride varnish on their teeth during a recent session conducted by hygienist Susan Gorman, fellow hygienist Angelica Galindo and dental assistants Yuni ... Read More »

Governor Scott – Goodland’s Pied Piper?

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From left: Mark Kennedy, his mother, Mary Kean, Bill Mueller, and Carol Hughes. Curious as to why Governor Scott kept coming to the Kirk Fish Market in Goodland, the four friends came over from Naples to find out.

By Barry Gwinn Goodland’s Margood Park, built on the site of the old Margood Trailer Park, was dedicated by Collier County in 2012. The crown jewel of the park is a stately pavilion, situated in the shade of two magnificent rubber trees, watered by an ancient underground spring. It is quiet and serene there. The pavilion, used for community events, ... Read More »

The Leadership Coalition on Aging Fourth Annual Conference

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The Leadership Coalition On Aging Collier County will host their 4th annual Conference on Aging on Friday, November 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hodges University, located at 2655 Northbrooke Drive in Naples. This year’s conference aims to provide insight to local health care and social service professionals on enriching the lives of seniors in Collier County. The Coalition’s first Senior Expo, free and open to the general public, will follow the ... Read More »

Solemn Goodbye to a Friend

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island came together on Wednesday to pay their respects to Richard “Dick” Shanahan at the Celebration of Life in his honor at San Marco Catholic Church. So many came forward to praise and pay tribute to Shanahan, saying both “Goodbye” and “Thank you.” Shanahan lost his courageous battle with a disease that in the last ... Read More »

Voting Begins in 2016 Election

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The 2016 elections are moving into one of the final stages of determining who will emerge victorious on the evening of November 8, hopefully. It will all come down to who has energized their base the most and insured they turn out during early voting, and then finally on Election Day, November 8. On the first ... Read More »

Business Networking With ENMA

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Submitted The October East Naples Merchants Association (ENMA) business networking meeting was hosted by the Lely High School business INCubator class, in their state-of-the-art lab classroom. Class instructor Adam Peterson briefed the ENMA business owner members on the business INCubator program, and thanked them for their support of the program. Business owners were given a short introduction to each of ... Read More »

Marco Mourns Loss of Dick Shanahan

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island lost one of its most respected citizens late Thursday afternoon with the passing of Richard “Dick” Shanahan when he lost his battle with a disease that he had committed so much time and effort to beating. During the last several years Shanahan and his wife Debra have chaired the Imagination Ball of the American ... Read More »

Countdown to Election Day — Tuesday, November 8, 2016: Stevie Prettyman

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As Election Day draws near, fewer than 40 days away, I would urge everyone to take a close look at our candidates for our Marco Island City Council. On Tuesday, November 8th residents will have the opportunity to send a strong signal to the current leaders of Marco Island about the need for change. This election year affords us the privilege of ... Read More »

Local Parkinson’s Services Added

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By Don Manley The Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida, Inc. (PASFI) is expanding the services it offers for people in the Marco Island area who are afflicted with the neurological disease and their families. “We’re definitely very interested and committed to bringing about an awareness of our programs and services and educational opportunities to the Marco Island population,” said Chris ... Read More »

Rotary Brings Baby Basics to Marco

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Submitted If you want to help Kiwanis support literacy programs, in addition to participating in the 5K, consider becoming an event sponsor. Sponsorships come at many levels, starting at only $250. For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact Preston Stiner at 239-6828070 or Tim Clune at 239-394-2299. The 4th Annual Kiwanis Family 5K takes place on November 19 from ... Read More »

Champions For Learning Give Grants

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Champions For Learning awarded almost $65,000 in classroom grants to Collier County teachers. Volunteers, supporters, and board members of Champions For Learning, surprised local teachers when they delivered 126 grant checks to 41 Collier County schools, to support innovative experiences for students. Collier County teachers requested funding through the classroom grant portal on the Champions For Learning website. This online ... Read More »

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Dwight Brock, Collier County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller, remains committed to helping Floridians who may be suffering from domestic violence. More than 120,000 cases of domestic violence were reported in Florida last year, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and sadly, many more incidents of domestic ... Read More »

Red Tide Alert for Marco’s Beaches

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Submitted You can smell the whiff of dead fish from the boardwalk of Residents Beach. Thousands of dead fish blanket the water’s edge from South Beach to the tip of Sand Dollar Island. Collier County raked the beach on Friday, October 7, and is scheduled to return on Monday, October 10. Die-hard walkers braved a cooler Saturday morning for their ... Read More »

Real Story Behind the TDC Numbers

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Completion of the JW Marriott project expected to boost slight drop in tourist tax dollars.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The impact that Marco Island has on the tourist tax income levels within Collier County was on full display earlier this week when Jack Wert, the executive director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau shared a memo from personnel at the Research Data Services Group. Much discussion was spent on the reduction ... Read More »

Donna Fiala’s Happy Place It’s Not Where You Think!

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Berlin Ohio is 72 miles south of Cleveland. Via I 77, the trip would have taken a little over an hour. Sherri, one of Donna’s daughters, often brings the grandchildren down from Cleveland for a visit.

By Barry Gwinn Donna Fiala has represented District 1 in Collier County since 2000, when she was first elected commissioner. She is, by all accounts, highly respected by her colleagues and revered by her constituents. She has consistently demonstrated her care and concern for East Naples and outliers, Everglades City, Isles of Capri, Marco Island, and Goodland. Until 1974, she ... Read More »