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River of Grass Greenway

The River of Grass Greenway (ROGG) project will not be continued unless there is an indication of community support by July 1.   The feasibility of the ROGG is being measured in large part BY THE GRANTOR on public comment. So far only the OPPOSITION has made an effort to voice an opinion. The grant closes in July. If you support ROGG, PLEASE, send an email to the grant coordinator Mark Heinicke mhenic@miamidade.gov by July 1. Contact Maureen Bonness Or Patty Huff and ask what else you can do Maureen: bonness@infionline.net Patty: snookcity@gmail.com Read More »

FREE Dental Services

Dr. Zachary Zaban, Dr. Andrew Haidet, the team at Mission Hills Dentistry and other area dentists will be providing free dental services to those in our community who may not otherwise receive basic or routine dental care. People in our community will have the opportunity to receive free dental care from Dr. Zaban, Dr. Haidet, the Mission Hills Dentistry team and the following area dentists: Nestor Villarreal, DDS, Whitney Howard, DMD, Frederick Klepes DDS and Jordan Martin DDS. Saturday, July 18th – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Mission Hills Dentistry, located at 7485 Vanderbilt Beach Road in Naples. A choice of one ... Read More »

A Fresh Look at Old vs. New

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As one who grew up in Southwest Florida, I have come to appreciate the balance between “something old and something new”—and not just when it’s part of a wedding celebration. Though I appreciate the economic benefits of our current surge in development, a part of me—the “native Neapolitan” part—will always enjoy eating at an established, family-owned restaurant or walking the familiar beach adjacent to Naples Pier. Some things never change, nor would I want them to. However, as is often said: change can be a good thing. At Physicians Regional, we have ... Read More »

Catholic Heart Work Camp Experiences Grenada

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Submitted by Lisa Meurgue Pope Francis has proclaimed to the youth of the Catholic Church, “Go forward. Make noise. Do not be afraid!” That is exactly what the San Marco Catholic Youth Group did this past week. San Marco participated for the fourth year in Catholic Heart Work Camp. Various groups have traveled to Tampa and Belize in recent years. This year, the destination was “The Spice Island”, Grenada, in the Caribbean, one hundred miles off the coast of Venezuela. Catholic Heart Work Camp’s mission is “to share the love of Christ as they serve the neglected, brokenhearted and the ... Read More »

Be a Volunteer

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Rookery Bay Reserve invites you to learn about how volunteers can help during our next volunteer orientation on Thursday, July 9th at 10 am in our Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. We are looking for experienced boat drivers for our Shore Bird monitoring program as well as TEAM OCEAN. Other volunteer opportunities include general and trail maintenance, visitor center greeter and welcome desk; docents for daily programs; aquarium assistant, Kids Free Fridays, special events, admin assistants, community outreach much more. Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Donna Young to attend the meeting and for more information. Email: volunteer@rookerybay.org or call 239-530-5974. ... Read More »

Hughes Presents Marco in the Making

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Society Presents: “Marco in the Making” with William Hughes on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Rose History Auditorium. Members of the Marco Island Historical Society are admitted free, non-members are asked to pay $5.00. William Hughes and his wife Yvonne moved to the area in 2000 befriending some of this community’s founding families. He became motivated to preserve the history of this region as a matter of respect for those who had created this wonderful community of Marco Island and so has created recordings of Marco’s development through his video productions. ... Read More »

Police/Fire Youth Academy – A Glimpse into the Real World

A chance to crew the police/fire boat.

By Steve Gimmestad Oh, to be a youth once again. At least during the week of June 8-12 when Marco Island’s finest held their annual Police/Fire Youth Academy. An exceptional week where local kids got a chance to learn what firefighters and police officers do on a daily basis. The event is in coordination with Camp Mackle. Fifteen students are selected on a first-come basis and it fills up quickly. This year there was a waiting list which attests to the popularity of the event. “They get to experience what we are trained to do on a daily basis,” says ... Read More »

Police and Fire Departments Open Doors

Sharon McCarthy, the Marco police department’s administrative assistant, selects a toy badge for Ocean Musgrave, 5.

By Don Manley Children’s laughter and the smiles of adults were in generous supply as they toured the facilities of Marco Island’s police and fire-rescue departments. They were there for the departments’ June 20, joint open house, which gave the community the opportunity to chat with the island’s emergency responders and gets a bird’s eye view of the equipment they use on the job. Held at police headquarters and fire-rescue department Station 50, located behind city hall, the open house was indeed kid friendly, with vehicle displays – including fire-engine tours, fire safety games and prizes. There were also free ... Read More »

Collier County Sees an Increase in Permit Applications, Building Inspections

Collier County’s Growth Management Department has seen an almost 30 percent increase in the number of permits issued between January and May 2015 compared to the same time last year, the latest figures from the county show. Collier County saw 3,487 permits applied for in May 2015, an increase of 501 permits from May 2014 and a slight decrease from the 3,518 permits applied for in April 2015. From January 2015 to May 2015, 15,552 permits have been applied for in Collier County, an almost 30 percent increase from the 10,920 permits applied for between January and May 2014. There ... Read More »

Goodland Goes Automated; AED Volunteers Ready to Assist

Digitized map of Goodland with marked AED locations. PHOTOS BY BARRY GWINN

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com The Goodland Civic Association (GCA) really cares about the well-being of our residents. The GCA actually does something about it. The following is one such story. There are others, but none involve life and death like this one. Theresa Morgan is a personal friend of mine. She also sits on the board of the Goodland Civic Association and puts in countless hours of community service here. In her spare time she runs a thriving CPA business, which among other things, does my taxes. She has spearheaded the effort to coordinate with Collier County, and ... Read More »

Marco Contributes to Boating Safety World Record

A panoramic perspective of the “Wear It!” effort, held at Rose Marina. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Please forgive members of Marco’s boating-oriented organizations if you should occasionally hear them shouting “We’re No. 1” should you encounter them on the island. They’re merely elated over the fact that Marco outdid six other sites around Florida with the number of participants in the National Safe Boating Council’s “Ready, Set, Wear It!” event. Held May 16 by the National Safe Boating Council, “Ready, Set, Wear It!” promotes safe and responsible boating by having participants gather at designated locations wearing life jackets, in hopes of setting a world record for the most people wearing the flotation devices ... Read More »

Marco Island Center Announces Board Appointments

John James, newly appointed to the Board of Directors for the Marco Island Center for the Arts. (L) William G. Morris, SUBMITTED PHOTOS
Vice President, Board of Directors of the Marco Island Center for the Arts. (R)

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today that Marco Island attorney, William G. Morris, has been appointed Vice President of the organization. Morris is a member of the Center’s Board of Directors and currently also serves the Center as its volunteer Publicity Director. Morris has been active in community service since moving to Marco Island in 1983. He has served on numerous boards and volunteer positions, including serving as past president of Marco Island’s branch of the American Cancer Society, YMCA, Jaycees and the Marco Island Police Foundation. He has even served as president of the Center ... Read More »

“The History of Collier County Place Names”

Collier County Museum: June 24 Ever wonder how some of our local places got their names? Who is Gordon Pass named after? How about Doctors Pass? What about Tigertail Beach? Collier County Museums invites visitors to look into an interesting history behind names of the places in the community. The program was organized by Naomi Goren, Curator of Education at the Collier County Museums. Admission is open to the public at no cost and reservations are required. For more information, please call (239) 252-8738 Read More »

Collier Child Care Resources Receives $8,000 Grant from The League Club

Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. (CCCR)announced it has received an $8,000 grant from the Community Trust Fund of The League Club. The proceeds from the grant will provide funds to purchase an interactive board, projector and pre-installed learning activities for the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center classroom for three-year olds. Mabel Ramirez, Director of Program Administration at the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center says, “We are very grateful for this generous grant from The League Club. With the interactive board we can expose the children to state-of-the-art digital technology so they will become comfortable with the touch process that is becoming ... Read More »

COMMISSIONER HILLER DISCUSSES POSSIBLE FRAUD AGAINST THE COUNTY

As you know, the Clerk of Courts is responsible for the county’s Accounts Payable function and to that end, his staff is required to pre-audit all invoices to ensure that the Clerk does not approve and pay an illegal expenditure.  The Clerk is prohibited by statute from making improper payments.  Upon the Clerk’s determination that the invoice to be paid is legal, the Clerk is required by county ordinance to present the invoice to the Board of County Commissioners for approval.  Once the Board grants such approval by vote, the Clerk has the authority to proceed with the actual payment ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Kathy Campbell

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10% of voters are required to sign a petition in the month of June, is this fair? I implore everyone eligible to vote, please turn in your signed copy of the petition by May 18th. Real estate offices and the Marco Board of Realtors are collecting them, as you cannot mail one copy with standard postage. More laws will not lead to peace, but injustice to our property owners. Empower law enforcement and ticket offenders. Do you believe it is fair that property owners will be regulated like hotels if they rent by the month or week? No it is not! Renters can ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Frank DiMaggio

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Dear Sir, I write to express my opposition to the Marco Island Rental Ordinance recently approved by the City Council. My wife and I purchased our beautiful Marco Island house last year. We are very proud to be able to own this beautiful home in such a wonderful community and we were very disappointed with the recent passing of the ordinance by the city council. I find it difficult to understand why entirely new protocols need to be established to deal with violations of existing codes pertaining to excessive noise, trash and vehicular issues. No one wants to be negatively ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rental Ordinance – Common Sense

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About nine years ago, growing complaints regarding vacationing, disruptive short-term rentals caused the City Council to begin considering the issue. Much commercial lobbying later, the current City Council adopted Ordinance 15-01, the Rental Ordinance. In my opinion, their decision was good and not-so-good at the same time. The “good” includes prioritizing community complaints over commercial interests; requiring registration of all rental properties; assigning accountability for disturbances to the landlord as well as to disappeared short-term perpetrators. The “not-so-good” includes requiring annual registration renewal; mandating city annual fire inspections; mandating a dossier on each tenant for the City; Let’s apply some ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dr. Gerald R. Swiacki

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Regarding the Petition to Repeal the Rental Ordinance Shame on the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce.   The Chamber has aligned itself with the Realtors in an effort to damage the homeowners of Marco Island. The Chamber is assisting in gathering petition signatures to repeal the rental ordinance. They are attempting scare tactics to gather signatures by telling homeowners that their property values will decrease if the ordinance goes into effect.   On the contrary, property values will increase because it will create accountability for rental properties. A person wishing to buy a house or a condo will know that they can ... Read More »

Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Conference benefits 140 girls

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About 40 Southwest Florida women in business mentored 140 girls as part of the 16th annual Girls Going Places® Entrepreneurship Conference on May 6 at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Girls Going Places® conference is a partnership between Alliance Financial Group and the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University. It is designed to mentor and educate young women, ages 12 to 18, in the areas of entrepreneurship, careers and financial independence. “Girls Going Places here in Fort Myers is a wonderful collaboration between Florida Gulf Coast University, Alliance Financial Group and the Small Business Administration’s Small Business ... Read More »