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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 »

Candidate Forum

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Submitted The Caxambas Republican Club is sponsoring a Candidate Forum for U.S. District FL-19 on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 PM, at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The cost is $25, which will include hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, tax and gratuities. A happy hour cash bar will be available. The following candidates will be present: Dan Bongino, Chauncey Goss and Francis Rooney. For reservations, please contact Litha Berger by July 25th at 239-450-3369 or lithasberger@gmail.com. PUBLIC NOTICE Elections Office Announcement of Book Closing For Voter Registration In order to vote in the Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Primary Election, ... Read More »

Red, White and Bully Event Promotes Bully Breed Adoptions

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Submitted  Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is promoting the adoption of bully breed dogs during the month of July. All bully breed dogs can be adopted for only $25. Some of the most common bully breed dogs are American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boxer, American Bulldog, and Bulldogs. “We see a lot more bully breed dogs at the shelter than any other dog,” said DAS Director Darcy Andrade. “I am hopeful that this promotion will help shine a positive light on these great pets and find many of them a forever home.” DAS takes in close to ... Read More »

Pivotal School Board Election Spurs Candidates Forum

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Submitted  How about 50% of your tax dollars may be invested in public education will be considered at a School Board Candidate Forum held at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.  JCMI is located at 991 Winterberry Drive on Marco, and everyone is invited to attend. The upcoming School Board elections are critical ones, the results of which may well influence whether $57,000,000 in federal funding is refused by Collier County, how technology is used in our schools, and the general approach to school district governance.  The results of these elections ... Read More »

Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking’s Dangers

Nola Theiss, left, founder and executive director of  ARTREACH developer, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, discuss paintings created by program participants at the art show held in March at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. Photos supplied courtesy of ARTREACH

By Don Manley Enlightenment in the dangers presented by human trafficking has been part of the program for some Greater Marco Family YMCA summer campers. About 25 sixth-through-ninth graders attending the Y’s Manatee Middle School camp recently took part in the ARTREACH program, which arms at-risk youths with information designed to prevent them from falling prey to traffickers, while also heightening the public’s awareness of the crime. The week-long program’s uses the creative arts to educate youths ages 8-to-18 about trafficking, whether it involves prostitution, forced labor or another form of exploitation. ARTREACH’s full program is making its Collier County ... Read More »

RE/MAX Recognizes Sandlin Team

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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 a constant, top-producing team for RE/MAX.  The year 2015 was no exception, as the team was recognized to be the #1 producing RE/MAX Team in the Marco Island/Naples and Collier County area. The Sandlin Team finished #4 in sales within the state of Florida for RE/MAX Teams. Individual sales achievement honors were also recognized. Rick Hanscom achieved “Executive Club” while Linda Sandlin and Mike Seigfried earned “100% Club”.  Mike Boland and Mike O’Rourke achieved “Platinum Club” status ... Read More »

Meals of Hope – Feeding Those in Need

Meals of Hope volunteers (from left): Dianna Dohm, Donna Niemczyk, Bill Morris and Catalina Vallejo with Erik Condee (seated). Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba  The Snook Inn was the place to be for happy hour on June 13 as 91 people enjoyed great food, fellowship with friends and the musical sounds of Rosetta Stone. But this was not just any happy hour. This was a Happy Hour for Hope supporting Meals of Hope (MOH), a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity supporting the needy families of Collier County. Did you know that Collier County has the largest concentration of migrant workers in the eastern United States? The county is also unique in that it lacks the manufacturing resources of other larger cities. Thus, local ... Read More »

Senior Safety Fair

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Submitted Step Smart Collier and the South Regional Library will host a free Senior Safety Fair from 1 to 4 PM on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the South Regional Library, located at 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway in Naples. This free Senior Safety Fair focuses on fall prevention – the leading cause of injury and death to seniors. The program will feature table displays and demonstrations by the Supporting Partners of Step Smart Collier in addition to a formal presentation on the steps seniors can take to reduce the risk of falling. Guests will have the opportunity to visit table ... Read More »

Can Al-Anon Help?

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Submitted  Heavy drinkers commonly say that their drinking is not as serious a problem as some people may think. People who are close to them also have a tendency to minimize how seriously the drinker’s alcohol abuse has affected them. They are trying to keep things as normal as possible under conditions that are sometimes unbearable.   How Can Al-Anon Help? A Member Shares Her Story Submitted  In November of 2011 I picked up a pamphlet in the doctor’s office titled “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism” and browsed through it. Words began to leap off the pages at me and aroused feelings that I ... Read More »

Fourth Annual SUP Poker Run

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Submitted A benefit for the Special Olympics of Collier County will be held Saturday, June 4th. A stand-up paddleboard Poker Run will begin at Capri Fish House on the Isles of Capri. Registration time is from 9 to 9:30 AM. Cost is $50 per entrant and includes event t-shirt, buffet lunch and more. You can register online at www.specialolympicsflorida.org/pokerrun and follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AnnualSupPokerRun. For registration questions or to learn how to become a sponsor, call 239-450-1304, or email SOCCPokerRun@yahoo.com. Paddleboard and kayak rentals will be available.  Read More »

Attend Your Neighborhood Information Meetings

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It’s interesting to read all the ads for Neighborhood Information Meetings (NIM) now that the winter residents have headed up north, and there are fewer people here to attend or to object. Hmmm – wonder if that is by design? It didn’t work recently, even though so many residents have gone back home. I went to a NIM that scheduled itself into a very small library meeting room, but people came out by the droves, filled the room to a packed standing room, then overflowed into another adjacent room, and then overflowed into the foyer of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Larry Honig Running for Re-election Announcement I’m running for re-election on a positive platform to bring back a sense of community on Marco Island through a less intrusive, more respectful government. Here’s what I want to accomplish: 1. Get back local control of our community. We need fewer government regulations. We should reduce our use of consultants and lawyers who don’t understand our community – there are plenty of good people right here in Collier County that we can use. We can streamline government services – for example, I’d like to see faster review and approval of permits. 2. Create ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Jared Grifoni Announces Candidacy for City Council My fellow Marco Islanders, We certainly have a lot to be thankful for. Our piece of paradise is unique, beautiful, and brings our residents and visitors so much shared joy. I love Marco Island and all that it has to offer. Over the course of the last few years I have witnessed our home being poked, prodded, and divided by those in positions of authority within our city for the purposes of what can only be described as political manipulation for electoral advantage. It is time that we, the citizens of Marco Island, ... Read More »

U.S. Open Pickleball Exceeds All Expectations

Irina Tereschenko, of Iowa City, prepares to return a shot by Sarah Ansboury of Portland, Ore. in their women’s singles semifinal match. Photo by Don Manley

By Don Manley It would seem that the inaugural U.S. Open Pickleball Championships (USOPC) could not have gone any better, based on the comments of organizers, participants, government officials, spectators and others. Praise for the event, which drew over 800 top-echelon players from 39 states and seven foreign countries, along with 10,000 to 12,000 spectators to East Naples Community Park for the six-day-long event. “Things went unbelievably,” said USOPC founder and President Terri Graham, who organized the event, along with fellow Collier County residents Chris Evon, and Jim and Carol Ludwig. “We went into this with the philosophy that we ... Read More »

Happy Hour for Hope

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On April 25, Marco Island Meals of Hope held their “Happy Hour for Hope” aboard the Marco Island Princess. The 90-foot Princess stayed docked at Rose Marina for the event, allowing people to come and go as they pleased. The Happy Hour for Hope events, which take place monthly, are part of Meals of Hope’s year-long fundraising effort. Meals of Hope is an IRC 501 (c) (3) charitable entity which packages and distributes meals to needy Collier County families. Donations are accepted and may be sent to Chairman Bill Morris at the Law Offices of William ... Read More »

Historical Society Volunteers Recognized

The Marco Island Historical Society’s talented team. Submitted Photo

Submitted It takes a village, or in this case, an island to keep the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) and Museum running smoothly. Recently the volunteers who dedicate their time and talent were recognized and thanked at a reception held in their honor at the museum. The reception was the culmination of a weeklong celebration of the people who give so generously of themselves to preserve the history and heritage of our island. Pat Rutledge, president and executive director of the Marco Island Historical Society and Jennifer Perry, Collier County museum manager expressed their appreciation for all that the volunteers ... Read More »

Book Offers Taste of The Dock’s 40 Years

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Submitted “The Dock at Crayton Cove, Everybody’s Kitchen” is a commemorative book written by Debby DePasquale that retells the story of how “the real taste of Naples” began. The book is a historical synopsis of the past 40 years that includes recipes and photographs, and highlights the passion that owner Vin DePasquale has for the business and the city of Naples. Opening in 1976, The Dock has become a part of Naples’ history and is beloved by both locals and visitors of Collier County. The long established Naples restaurant, recently celebrated its 40th anniversary in February. The open-air restaurant is known for its waterfront dining, delicious seafood and laid-back atmosphere. “We’re incredibly excited to share ... Read More »

The Goodland Civic Association – Controversy and Accomplishment 1995 to the Present

Goodland Community Center today; A snazzy paint job and new roof jazzed up the old firehouse. Photos By Barry Gwinn

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn In 1992, having finally moved into a building it could call its own, the Goodland Civic Association (GCA) found itself embroiled in another situation. The results of this would later inure to the benefit of Goodland, but not without some bumps along the way. Since 1957, all of Marco Island had been governed by Collier County. (It had previously been incorporated as Collier City.) By 1990, the population had grown to such an extent, that a group was attempting to form their own government as the City of Marco Island. Goodland at this time was ... Read More »

Good Things Coming Our Way

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The U. S. Open Pickleball Championships are coming to town! This will be the first ever Pickleball U. S. Open and it will be held right here in town at the East Naples Community Center located on Thomasson Drive, which is an extension of Rattlesnake Hammock Road going south, next to Avalon Elementary School. The games begin on April 26th and will end on May 1st with the final championship games and grand prizes awarded at the end of the games. CBS Sports will cover the entire five-day event. Make plans to attend and enjoy. Food ... Read More »