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Lunch with MIPD Chief Al Schettino

New community service officer bicycle courtesy of the Marco Island Police Foundation. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It was a packed house for Marco Island Chief of Police Al Schettino’s first “Lunch with the Chief.” Sponsored by the Marco Island Police Foundation, the lunch was held at Hideaway Beach Club on Oct. 9. Schettino began with a state-of-the-department-type address, outlining all of the changes he has made to the department since taking over in July, which include the full staffing of MIPD, the department’s new community outreach programs and new community service officers, and the implementation of extensive skills training. Additionally, Schettino announced that MIPD will be working the Marco Island Fire-Rescue ... Read More »

Marco’s Newest Task Force

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By Pat Newman Marco Island’s newest task force on rental regulation already has one meeting under its belt and a second planned for Monday, Oct. 20 at the Board of Realtors on San Marco Road. Headed by Marco Island realtor and 45-year resident Marv Needles, the task force is seeking input from the general public and other organizations impacted by privately-owned properties rented as vacation properties. The first planning board meeting of the month held Oct. 3 was well-attended by homeowners negatively impacted by noise and trash generated by the occupants of short-term rental properties. Homeowner John DeFalco of Galleon ... Read More »

Gas Prices, Angels and Parking

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net We’ve heard a lot about price of fuel recently. Last week I had to make an emergency trip to Ohio and the price of gas up there averaged $3.05 per gallon and a few places dipped down to $2.99. Don’t you wonder what happened down here? You don’t happen to think that the owners of the gas stations are trying to gouge the visitors to our community (and of course us as well) because they know they can get it? They know they have us over a barrel (a little pun there) if we want ... Read More »

Answering the Call

Parked outside on display, were the departments fire-response and rescue vehicles. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com On Tuesday, Oct. 7, in honor of National Fire Prevention Week and in celebration of their 50th anniversary, the dedicated men and women of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department gave an interactive presentation at the Marco Island History Museum. The auditorium was filled with people eager to learn about the department’s past, present and future. Also, in the audience was Nick Macchiarolo, the 100th new-hire for the fire-rescue squad. Fire-Rescue Chief Mike Murphy opened the night by encouraging the audience to participate in each “show-and-tell” station demonstrating the different aspects of the department. The stations displayed ... Read More »

Golf Tournament Benefits Arts Center

Players warm-up on the putting green at the Marco Island Center for the Arts Tournament.

By Pat Newman A perfect canvas of blue skies and green fairways set the scene for Saturday’s golf tournament hosted by the Island Country Club and benefitting the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Sixty golfers participated in the second annual event, raising a generous amount to support classes, workshops, lectures, gallery exhibitions and special events at the center, according to Executive Director Hyla Crane. “When considering this event, I looked to see how art and golf connect. Artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Hendrick Avercamp, Sir Henry Raeburn, Childe Hassam, George Bellows, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol and the celebrated ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Patricia Sattan

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To the Editor: I would like to share with my fellow voters of Marco Island that I am extremely happy that Victor Rios, whom I have known for a long time, decided to run for City Council of Marco Island. It is great to have choices and my number one choice for Marco Island City Council is Victor Rios. Victor has always shown his willingness to help others. Neighbors and friends seek him out for advice and appreciate hisleadership and community service. As a retired teacher, I appreciate Victor’s strong financial and managerial skills and his ability to understand and explain issues that affect us all. He has attended MI City Council meetings, which better helps him understand what our city needs. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Victor Rios

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My name is Victor Rios, and I am a candidate for Marco Island City Council. This past weekend the Eye on Marco newsletter published falsehoods impuning me. This newsletter is written by the “8th member” of City Council (only 7 are elected), Bill McMullan, who is attempting to manipulate the residents of Marco Island.  Mr. McMullan claims that the Eye on Marco doesn’t endorse candidates, but of course he does everything just short of that. The facts are just the opposite of what Mr. McMullan stated.  3 days after announcing my candidacy he sent me an e-mail  telling me not to run.  He called me repeatedly and sent me emails asking ... Read More »

LOCAL TOP REAL ESTATE AGENT RETURNS TO RE/MAX

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Pat Wilkins signs on with RE/MAX Affinity Plus After a brief period with another franchise company, local top-­?producing real estate agent Pat Wilkins has returned to RE/MAX Affinity Plus in Marco Island, FL. Wilkins is one of the area’s most reputable agents having worked real estate in Marco Island and Naples since 1978. In 2009, 2010 and 2013 he was the top selling agent on Marco Island. “We’re thrilled to have Pat back with RE/MAX Affinity Plus as he exemplifies the professionalism and quality of RE/MAX agents that serve this community,” said Debra Meredith-­?Peters, Managing Broker of RE/MAX Affinity Plus, ... Read More »

Guadalupe Center announces save the date for Jan. 14 Fire & Ice signature fundraiser

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Elements of fire and ice will create a dynamic backdrop for the Guadalupe Center’s signature fundraiser Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. The annual event, themed “Fire & Ice: Igniting the Flame of Learning,” is chaired by Sandy Vasey and Linda Yost, longtime supporters of the Guadalupe Center. The event helps provide financial support for education, mentoring and social enrichment programs that provide more than 1,000 children in Immokalee with a better opportunity for a successful future. Fire & Ice will offer a night of live musical entertainment, a gourmet dinner and the opportunity to ... Read More »

Civitan Comes to Marco

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Submitted It would be hard to beat Marco Island when it comes to a community with big hearts, charitable giving and supporting those in need. Proof of this is the newly formed chapter of the Civitan Club of Marco Island. Civitan International is a service organization dedicated to serving the needs of the community with an emphasis on the developmentally disabled. A press release stated, “Its uniqueness is the Civitan International Research Center, which is dedicated to finding a cause, cure and better treatments for many brain disorders.” There are several types of memberships available: Active member, Project member, Support ... Read More »

50 Years of Marco Island Community Television

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MarcoIslandCommunityTelevision.Com is a popular internet-based television center. In celebrating 50 years of Marco Island, producer William Hughes has arranged many of the community television videos available on the site in an easy to follow historical order. From stories on the movers and shakers of Marco Island, such as Frank Mackle, Jack Parr, Gene Sarazen, Thelma Heath and Herb Savage, to videos of the 25th and the 40th Anniversary celebrations of the island, these videos will bring to life the early days of the island. Hughes, owner of Hughes Video Productions, provides these videos free of charge as a public service. ... Read More »

Happiness is a Marco Island Condo!

A beach view from Cape Marco. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.sandyelliottinteriors.com People come from all over the world to Marco Island to vacation, work or retire, and enjoy the beautiful crescent beach, water sports, fishing, golfing, shopping and, of course, the ever popular restaurants. A recent review of the Collier County Property Assessor’s website shows that islanders come from all 50 states with the majority coming from the Midwest and Northeast. Homeowners come from at least 15 foreign countries with Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom representing the biggest groups. About 15 percent of the island’s condos are occupied year round, and the rest ... Read More »

Artificial Reef Project Set to Begin

The material for the artificial reef is ready to go at the base of Jolley Bridge.SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The notoriously lengthy process of wading through government red-tape is now over. All of the permits are approved. In just 60 days, construction is set to begin on one of the world’s largest artificial reef projects. The six reefs — each the size of a football field — weigh in at around 500 tons each and are made up of six smaller pyramid-shaped reef modules. They will be deployed 12-30 miles off-shore from Marco Island, Naples and northern Collier County. “I’m really excited about this project. It’s been a passion of mine, and I never thought ... Read More »

Bedtime Bundles Closes

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The following notice was sent out regarding the closure of Bedtime Bedtimes, a popular local charity which was founded in 2006. The organization cites changes to the Title 1 Education Program as instrumental in their decision to cease operations. It considered closing once before when then Executive Director and Founder Karen Saeks chose to step down from her role. It wasn’t long before a group spearheaded by Dennis Pidherny offered to take over the reins of the organization. Last year, Bedtime Bundles delivered food and care bags to hundreds of migrant families at 6L Farms ... Read More »

2nd Art Tourney

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Spend a day on the links Saturday, October 11th at the Island Country Club, the “crown jewel” of Southwest Florida’s celebrated golfing community. The 2nd Annual Golf Tournament for the Arts, a fund-raiser for the Marco Island Center for the Arts, begins with a luncheon in the clubhouse at noon and a shotgun start at 1 pm. The cost is $125 per player and includes lunch, cart and green fees. All golfers are welcome! “This is our second golf tournament supporting the Center for the Arts,” said Aris Petropoulos Tournament Chairman and Member of the Board. “It is also a ... Read More »

Planning Advisory Board and City Council

As you are likely aware, after several meetings involving the Planning Advisory Board and City Council, as a initative to increase safety – the following alleys were declared no parking zones by Marco Island City Council:   Elkcam to Park Park to Vets O’Malley’s O’Neil’s Joshberger’s San Marco to Barfield Covewood to San Marco.   This includes parking on the roadway as well as the berm or right of way next to the roadway.  It does not included City approved marked parking spaces immediately behind businesses. Several dozen no parking / tow away zone signs have now been posted in ... Read More »

Noise Compatibility Committee

If you are a pilot with ideas about noise at Naples Municipal Airport, here’s your chance to have your say. The Airport Authority is recruiting active general aviation or commercial pilots to fill a vacancy on its Noise Compatibility Committee. Applicants must be registered to vote in Collier County, able to participate in at least three meetings a year and willing to volunteer through March 20, 2017. The committee helps monitor the impact of aircraft noise and makes recommendations about noise-mitigation procedures for consideration by the City of Naples Airport Authority Board of Commissioners, which appoints members. Applications are being accepted ... Read More »

County’s Growth Management Division Working to Make Development Easy

With Collier County poised to potentially grow to about 1 million people by 2080, the county’s Growth Management Division needs to keep up with demand and make it easier and faster for businesses to get their work done while at the same time making sure our quality of life is preserved. That was the message Growth Management Division Administrator Nick Casalanguida and Deputy Administrator Jamie French told the audience at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce’s Wake Up Naples event Wednesday morning at the Naples Hilton. The county has made improvements by taking a private sector approach to development, organized around client ... Read More »

Put a Cork in It!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff If you want to take a real life “hands on” approach to ending hunger, Meals of Hope is the way to go! This 501c3 organization was designed as a way for communities to come together to end hunger in their communities and beyond. So far, more than 22.5 million nutritious meals have been packaged and distributed. Locally, Neil Snyder has been dubbed “Captain Hope” by fellow Rotarians as the man in charge of the Meals of Hope campaign. His wife, most recent president of the Kiwanis Club, also joins the effort. In fact, more than ... Read More »

2015 Galmour Puss Calendar on Sale Now

Milo with his winning cover photo. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Milo, a stunning young grey and white cat, won the judge’s vote to be the new cover photo for the 2015 Glamour Puss Fundraising Calendar benefitting For the Love of Cats. Milo’s photo was one of more than 125 photos entered into the online photo contest this spring. Judging was done by a panel appointed by Jan Rich, president of For the Love of Cats. Milo’s guardians, Tom and Gracie Micheline, received the grand prize for the photo contest of a $50 gift certificate to Vergina’s Restaurant in Naples along with a free calendar. “We adopted Milo from For ... Read More »