Tag Archives: community

Making the Smart Choice

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com It is true that most of the population really doesn’t stay abreast of what is going on around them unless it directly affects their daily lives. That doesn’t mean that they don’t care, but in many cases they are absorbed into so many other issues that concern them or members of their family ... Read More »

CAP Helps Expand ADS-B Coverage

Submitted Senior Member, Mike Webb, assistant communication officer for the Marco Island Civil Air Patrol Squadron FL-376, the technical brain behind the effort announced on the Fourth of July: “Mission accomplished…you did it fellas…250-mile range…23,000 reports received…I hope we can see our aircraft all the time now, while on missions and the Coastal Patrol over the Everglades and the Ten ... Read More »

A Gift in Memory of Father & Son

Submitted Avow Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has received a gift of $325,000 from the estate of Al Greene to honor the memory of Al and his son, Jamie. The gift will support Avow’s hospice and palliative care services with a special focus on Avow’s music therapy program. According to Nancy Gibbs, the Greene family attorney, “Al ... Read More »

Condo Flood Insurance

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Condo Associations purchase flood insurance through a policy called the Residential Condominium Building Association Policy or RCBAP. Flood insurance does not adhere to the Florida condominium insurance statute we reviewed in the last report so, for example, kitchen cabinets are covered in the association’s flood insurance policy, but unit owner contents are not. ... Read More »

Camp Able Celebrates Christmas in July

Submitted On Thursday, July 13, members of the Marco Island Civitan Club brought the third Christmas in July party to special campers and their caretakers attending Camp Able at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Marco Island. The group enjoyed an hour of delicious snacks and good music, a fun addition to the great activities Camp Able offers them at camp. ... Read More »

Camp Able Teaches Dignity Driven Love

By Samantha Husted Most people wait all year to take advantage of their hard-earned vacation days. For Chris Vignes of Gulfport, Mississippi, vacation means a week spent volunteering at Camp Able on Marco Island. Camp Able, now in its eleventh year, is a sleepaway camp for people with special needs or disabilities. People of all ages are welcome to attend ... Read More »

Council To Continue Search For Manager

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides City Councilors were not comfortable giving the thumbs up to the candidacy of the sole contender for the vacant position of city manager on Wednesday evening. They voted 4 to 3 in opposition of offering the job to Josh Gruber of Beaufort, South Carolina after almost 3½ hours of discussion and two days of interviews and ... Read More »

Council Tackles Full Agenda

UPDATE: Marco Island City Council voted 4-3 on July 19 against hiring City Manager candidate Josh Gruber, at this time. Council will decide at the next council meeting August 7 how to proceed. By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island City Council on Monday evening, June 17, held a marathon session which saw a number of items postponed while others dominated ... Read More »

Only One?

  Would you call only one contractor to remodel your kitchen? Would you get only one price from one car dealership for a new car? Would you look at only one home and buy it? Of course you would not. So, why is the new City Council interviewing only one candidate for City Manager? Could we have not found at ... Read More »

Cloud Over Search for Manager

More Straight Talk By Steve “Stef” Stefanides It was during the 1984 Presidential Debates that then President Ronald Reagan, running for a second four year term, successfully negated an attack on age when he said, “I will not make age an issue of this campaign; I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponents youth and inexperience.” Those ... Read More »

Civility, Compassion and Respect Forgotten Traits of an Admirable Nation

Written by Roy Eaton, August 2010 Updated by Jessica Hernstadt, June 2017  Some people may blame the current climate of disrespect and rudeness on the political antics of the day. But this problem predates the nastiness of the recent 2016 election. Formalities and customs that encourage a polite society are being forgotten, or are never learned. People have allowed the ... Read More »

Rotary Clubs Sponsor Tomorrow’s Leaders

Submitted Marco Island’s Sunrise and Noontime Rotary Clubs sponsored attendance of five local students to the recent Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders (S4TL) conducted at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. The S4TL program is supported by 149 Rotary Clubs from Citrus County to Naples, across to Sebring, and up to east of Lakeland, Florida. S4TL provides high school students entering ... Read More »

Marco’s 20th Birthday

By Don Manley Planning is underway for a weeklong celebration for all ages to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Marco Island’s incorporation as a municipality. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Marco Family YMCA, the Marco Island Center for the Arts, the Marco Island Civic Association, the Marco Island History Museum, the community’s three public schools and ... Read More »

Update on the City Manager Search

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides On Tuesday, June 20 in a special called meeting of the Marco Island City Council, the board heard from W.D. Higginbotham, Jr. of the Mercer Group, which has been contracted by the city to seek out compatible candidates to fill the existing city manager vacancy. The Mercer Group provided an overview of the process, which included ... Read More »

Naples Reserve Wows Residents  

Once they grow accustomed to the lush subtropical landscape that surrounds them, first-time visitors to Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes, usually have the same question when they take a closer look at the plantings gracing the community’s grand guard gate or lining the linear park: “What is that?” “I love ... Read More »

Care for the Elderly to Keep Them at Home

Collier County has a Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) Program that provides support services in the home to frail, functionally impaired residents age 60 and older, enabling them to remain in the community and “age in place,” rather than face nursing home placement. While the eligibility guidelines begin at 60, the average client we serve is in his or ... Read More »

Developmentally Disabled Receives Schulze Family Grant

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has awarded a $12,400 grant to The Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. (FDD) (www.fddswfl.org) for the organization’s Trailblazer Academy program.  The funds will support the transportation costs associated with the Trailblazer Academy, a community-based vocational training and education program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have aged out of school-supported ... Read More »

Naples, Marco Named Best Beach Towns

By Coastal Breeze New Staff Life in a beach town is as unique as the community and environment. Summer may be slow season for tourists, but it is also peak moving season. Beach towns are busy in the summer with people establishing their permanent, or seasonal homes. But how do you find the perfect town to park your beach chair? ... Read More »

Together We Can Make A Difference

Lighthouse of Collier is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Summer Camp for children who are blind/visually impaired.  The camp is made possible by the very generous donations of Naples Children & Education Foundation founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, The Kendel H. Kennedy Fund, The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, the Martin Foundation, The League Club, American Comfort Limousines, and the Girl Scouts of Gulf ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek Blue Zone

Fiddler’s Creek has been designated a Blue Zones Project community by the Blue Zones Project-Southwest Florida, in recognition of the community’s demonstrative commitment to promoting a healthful lifestyle. The Blue Zones Project-Southwest Florida is a region-wide well-being initiative focused on making each community a healthier, happier place to live, work and play. “Fiddler’s Creek has long advocated wellness through a variety ... Read More »