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Randall Kenneth Jones Speaks at Naples Press Club


A virtual “love letter” to his relatively new Naples hometown, Jones’ engaging presentation promises to blend thought-provoking insight with unexpected surprises from his Naples Daily News column, “Business Class.” “Business Class” is an exploration of positive business principles selected from interviews with high-level executives, business leaders, and business-savvy celebrities. Essentially, Jones challenges his audience to ask themselves: Do I have “BUSINESS CLASS?” A self-described “professional storyteller,” his portfolio includes work performed for such household-name clients as TJMaxx, Walgreen’s, Carter’s, GEICO, The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and more. As the creator of national professional-courtesy initiative, Jones has landed on Public Radio’s Marketplace with Kai ... Read More »

Somerset Model at Fiddler’s Creek


Fiddler’s Creek announces that construction is starting on the brand new Somerset model at Chiasso, a village of 59 classical Mediterranean-style single-family homes in the luxury, master-planned community. Offered by D.R. Horton, the Somerset is a two-story residence offering 3,461 air-conditioned square feet and 4,297 total square feet. The home features a desirable split floor plan with the luxuriously appointed master bedroom, master bath, and a powder bath on the ground floor and three guest bedrooms and three additional full baths located on the second floor. The second floor of the Somerset also offers an entertainment/game room with a sizable amount of storage ... Read More »

“Pier to Peer” Educational Outreach

On April 2, Naples City Council voted 6-1 to ban the use of more than one hook at the City of Naples Pier, the first pier in the state with a law prohibiting use of multiple hooks. Since December 2013, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida has logged a staggering 1,700-percent increase in injured pelican admissions to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital. In recent months we funded two part-time patrol officers and installed signs at the City of Naples Pier to support these efforts. We engaged citizens in an education campaign, providing training about ways to prevent and humanely respond to ... Read More »

Artificial Reef Facebook Page

For those of you with an interest in artificial reefs, my Florida Sea Grant colleagues have created a new Facebook page called “Florida Artificial Reefs.” This site provides an opportunity for members of the artificial reef community to discuss current and relevant issues, research, and development. Visit Read More »

Touring The Isles of Collier Preserve

The gang’s all here! PHOTOS BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery On a blustery and sunny March day, Collier County District 1 Commissioner Donna Fiala hosted a special constituent tour of East Naples’ newest eco-friendly resort-style community — The Isles of Collier Preserve. Spearheaded by Minto Communities Florida, the 2,300-acre development boasts some 1,649 home sites, which include coach homes, paired homes and single-family residences ranging in size from 1,600-3,900 square feet. The piece de resistance of the outdoor living community, though, is the 1,300 acres Minto set aside to remain undeveloped. This protected land encompasses lakes, preserves and natural habitat with miles of hiking, biking ... Read More »

Copperleaf: A Rainbow of Colors in the Garden

Copperleaf plants vary in color from pink, red, green and white…

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy Native to Fiji in the South Pacific, the Acalypha — better known as Copperleaf — group of plants has the most colorful foliage I’ve ever seen. They can turn your garden into a spectacular, unending kaleidoscope of color. Under perfect conditions, they will grow to 10 feet and just as wide, but they can be kept to any desired height with just a little trimming. The flowers are small and inconspicuous, mostly hidden by the colorful foliage. Copperleaf comes in a large variety of leaf shapes, ranging from large and oblong to round and fringed to ... Read More »

Homerun into Our Hearts

World War II veteran, Owen Carr and Pearl Harbor survivor, Walt Tucker throw out the first ball. They’re assisted by Ed Adams, Jim Lane and Toni Macchiarolo. PHOTOS BY VICTORIA WRIGHT AND FRANK STEIGER

By Val Simon The Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team made a visit to Marco Island to play an exhibition game against a select group of resident players deemed the Marco All-Stars. The Warriors came to the island once before on November 11, 2011. They didn’t just come and swing a bat; their spirit and drive hit a homerun right into our hearts. After several requests from numerous people that they should return, return they did. The game started off with a presentation of colors by the local VFW Post #6370. World War II veteran and amputee Owen Carr, and ... Read More »

AMIkids Garden at NCH

The young men from the AMIkids Big Cypress program with their Program Manager Anthony Bowens spent their Saturday helping community volunteers at NCH’s SAFE garden in the interior courtyard of the cancer patient wing. The young men learn horticulture skills from the knowledgeable volunteers as they help weed, trim and plant the vegetables that have been specially selected for their cancer healing properties. The cancer patients love opening their curtains so they can watch the young men working and learning in the garden. The volunteers always say that they cannot do it without the boys and the boys all say ... Read More »

American Heart Month Tips

February is American Heart Month, and as a leading nonprofit dedicated to improving the nation’s health and well-being, the Greater Marco Family YMCA offers the following tips to help families in our community be heart healthy. Get Physical Take a Snooze Shape Up Those Recipes Feeling the Pressure: Maintaining normal blood pressure can greatly reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. Play Together: Spending time together as a family is a great way to reduce stress. For more information on how your family can live a healthy, active life, visit the Greater Marco Family YMCA at 101 Sand Hill ... Read More »

Marco Police Foundation

The Marco Police Foundation was established in October 2001 when Roger Reinke was the Police Chief. He saw a need to establish a support group for the department and met with several Marco Island civil leaders and shortly thereafter the organization was formed including The Marco Police Foundation Scholarship Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation under Federal and State laws and have been in operation ever since. The Foundation is a nonpolitical, civic minded, charitable organization. Open to all business, organizations and citizens of the Island. The organization encourages and promotes citizens participation in maintaining community safety, and sponsors programs under ... Read More »

County Breaks Ground on Road Project

By Noelle H. Lowery On Feb. 7, Collier County and the Florida Department of Transportation broke ground on a project nearly 20 years in the making — the U.S. 41 and S.R./C.R. 951 Intersection Capacity Improvement Project. The two-year project is being completed in conjunction with the resurfacing of 951 from south of Fiddler’s Creek Parkway to south of 41. According to Connie Deane, Collier County’s community liaison, the projects are part of a Joint Participation Agreement with FDOT, which will be reimbursing Collier County for approximately $14 million of the approximately $20 million in construction costs. The combined ... Read More »

Summit House Ladies are All Aboard

The ladies of the Summit House Condominium  recently enjoyed a day at The Naples Depot. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Ladies of the Summit House Condominium on Marco Island explored their third Collier County museum this season. This time, they experienced The Naples Depot as well as the train display on the grounds of the Depot. The Depot came alive for these ladies with a private tour given by a knowledgeable guide, Jon Knickerson, who not only introduced the history of the Naples’ train era through its artifacts but made sure they experienced the sound of the approaching train. The museum provides the opportunity to board several train cars, including the vintage Smoking/Cocktail Car with its retro colors ... Read More »

Learning to Crawl

The ‘Daring Dozen,’ founders of the Goodland Art Alliance. Front row (l-r): Denise Santos, Margi Fortune, Tara O’Neill and Joan Fuller. Back row (l-r): Judy Wittwer, Darren Clack,
Natalie Strom, Julie Gross, Celeste Navara, Sherri Morrison, Dave Fuller and Jim Freeman. PHOTO BY TARA O’NEILL

Artful Life Tara O’Neill In November 2012, our community lost a great woman, and I lost a great friend with the passing of Helen Tateo. Helen was an inspiration to me for so many reasons and for so many years, but today, it’s her artful side that brings her into this column. In the 1960s, she owned the first art gallery on Marco Island. She was also one of the 12 founding members of the Art League of Marco Island (now the Marco Island Center for the Arts). The Center/Art League today, nearing its 45th birthday, is a thriving, ... Read More »

Stars in the Arts Winners for 2014

Sonja and Jon Laidig. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted The United Arts Council of Collier County has announced that Jon and Sonja Laidig of Marco Island are among the winners of the 2014 Stars in the Arts awards. Representatives from among several disciplines in the Collier County arts community are among those chosen. In addition to the Laidigs, winners include Linda Cummings, Mally Khorasantchi, Megan McCombs, the Holocaust Museum and Education Center, and the Naples Botanical Garden. The Laidigs are long-time residents of Marco Island and valued members of the Marco Island Historical Society family. Their passion for the history of Marco Island and their commitment to philanthropy ... Read More »

OBITUARY: Kevin McManus

Kevin Anthony McManus, 56, of Marco Island, FL and formerly of Washington, D.C. died on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Avow Hospice in Naples, FL. The cause of death was lung cancer. Mr. McManus began his career as a young man working in the U.S. Senate, first in the Mail Room, then operating the elevator service for Senators casting votes, and eventually, for the Broadcast Services of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. After leaving government service he joined NBC in Washington, D.C. and had a long career in broadcasting, serving as a videographer for NBC News and their affiliates. He ... Read More »

Humanitarians of the Year

Submitted At MICA’s Annual Meeting on Jan. 23, board member Dianna Dohm presented MICA’s Humanitarian of the Year Award to islanders Cheryl and Mike Mueller. Past recipients of this prestigious award include: Mimi Torbush; Shirlee and Brian Barcic; Ward Bradeen; D’Ann and David Brandt; Dr. Sam and Mary Ann Durso; Judy Barney; Arturo Perez; Maury Dailey; Art Segal; Stevi Walthour; Luise Romano; Jane Williams; Karen Saeks; Nicki Davis; Bert and Jann Brewer; Maria Elena Pujol; Howard Jordan; and Jack Simmen. Cheryl and Mike Mueller met during their senior year in college at Indiana State. They married in 1975, and have ... Read More »

Council OKs New MIFRD Personnel


By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island City Council voted 6-0 to allow Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department Chief Michael Murphy to hire three new firefighter-EMTs — one person per shift — at its Feb. 3 meeting. Vice Chairman Larry Sacher was absent. This was the second time in six months that City Council voted on the question of new personnel for the MIFRD. During the city’s budget negotiations, the Budget Sub-committee approved the hiring of three additional fire fighter-EMTs. In September, though, City Council voted 4-3 to scrub the three new personnel from the budget. The original funding, however, ... Read More »

Marco Island Prayer Breakfast

If you have been to a Marco Island Prayer Breakfast in the past, it is highly likely you were inspired to attend annually. This Prayer Breakfast promises to be just as inspiring with guest speaker, Beth Nimmo. This year marks the 31st Annual Prayer Breakfast which will be held at the Marco Island Marriott Resort, Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 AM. Crisis enters our lives in many different ways; having yourself or a loved one diagnosed with a deadly disease, the loss of a job, the breakup of the family unit or the loss of a parent or close friend. ... Read More »

Terracina Grand Breaks Ground

(Left to right) John Schwaner, vice president of sales and marketing for The Goodman Group; Peter Hendrickson, executive director of Terracina Grand; Mark Fisher, vice president of JBG Design & Development; Donna Fiala, Collier County commissioner; Betty Becker, president of Resident Council for Terracina Grand; Dr. Ronald Garry, medical director and geriatrician; John Goodman, chairman of The Goodman Group; and David Slutzker, regional director of operations for The Goodman Group. PHOTOS BY RANDALL KENNETH JONES

By Randall Kenneth Jones As the shovels hit the dirt at the Jan. 15 groundbreaking of Terracina Grand’s new two-story memory care building near the corner of Davis Boulevard and County Barn Road, those in attendance were left to wonder. Is this construction project just another in a long list of new development projects popping up in Collier County — or was Terracina Grand literally breaking much more important ground in an effort to proactively plan for the future residential and medical needs of those requiring specialized memory care in our community? Afterwards, few would argue that the latter was ... Read More »

Marriott to Hold 2nd Town Hall Meeting

Submitted The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa invites the community and local media to attend its second town hall meeting on Jan. 29, 2014, from 5–6 PM, which will discuss the resort’s redevelopment plans. “As we move forward with the redevelopment plans, it’s important to us that the community is involved and on board,” General Manager Rick Medwedeff says. “Our goal is that these meetings will garner feedback from our neighbors and ensure that they have all the right facts.” The Town Hall meeting will be held in the resort’s Islands Ballroom with light refreshments. Those ... Read More »