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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

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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 »

MIA Student Volunteer Ops

Gabby Perez It’s fair to say that high school has definitely changed throughout the years. Though academics have remained quite similar, the high school experience today may differ from our parents high school experience. With the improvement of technology, addition to school-related programs being offered, and more power given to the student body, there’s a lot to be accomplished that could greatly benefit you in college. At Marco Island Academy, there is an abundance of great opportunities for students looking to be involved in school clubs, community service and for those looking to earn volunteer hours. Volunteering at MIA and ... Read More »

McGuffie welcomes Dr. Abbiati

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Island dentist Dr. Axel McGuffie and his family, wife Debbie (office administrator) and daughter Jessica, will be relocating to the East Coast. In a letter to patients, Dr. McGuffie wrote “My commitment to maintaining your trust and providing quality dental care has led me to search for just the right doctor to assume my practice. I wanted someone with the same enthusiasm and commitment I had when I built my practice. Dr. Abbiati is enthusiastic about the practice of dentistry and providing patients with the highest quality in customized care.” The letter cites Dr. Abbiati ... Read More »

Meet-and-Greet with Victor Rios

A Meet-and-Greet has been scheduled for Marco Island City Council candidate Victor Rios, whose name will be on the Nov. 4 ballot. The wine-and-cheese campaign event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 4-6 PM, at the home of Beverly and Bruce Novark: 1220 Ember Court on Marco Island. Those interested in attending can call 239-642-6777 for more information. Rios announced his city council candidacy in July after securing the required petition signatures to run. He is running on a platform of community service, fiscal conservatism, balanced growth for Marco Island and protection of Marco’s beaches. Supporters can follow Rios ... Read More »

Dog Days of Summer Look Bright

The Humane Society Naples manned their adoption van on-site. I admit, I was dangerously close to adopting a new kitten.

By Melinda Gray [email protected] On Sat., Aug. 23, Sierra Grande, a brand-new 300-unit resort-style rental community located at 6975 Sierra Club Circle off Collier Boulevard and Rattlesnake-Hammock Road, partnered with the Humane Society Naples for a ribbon-cutting event to “unleash” the community’s newly-built Bark Park. The park is located on community grounds, and provides a place for residents to play with and walk their dogs. “As the area’s first new leasing community in over 10 years, this is really a special celebration for us,” said Property Manager Robin Schmitt. “Sierra Grande offers incomparable luxury amenities, and we are family- and ... Read More »

Naples family earns national honors from Experimental Aircraft Association

John, Joshua and Jacob Beauvais, with their parents Sabrina and Brian, earned national honors for their volunteer work with the Naples Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, based at Naples Municipal Airport.

What started for the Beauvais family as a pancake breakfast eight years ago at Naples Chapter 1067 of the Experimental Aircraft Association has blossomed into national aviation honors. They were presented the 2014 EAA Young Eagles Award for Outstanding Ground Volunteers during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, known as “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.” The Beauvais family, including parents Brian and Sabrina, John, 17, Jacob, 14 and 12-year-old Joshua, helped revitalize Chapter 1067, which is based at Naples Municipal Airport. The family’s aviation passion inspired Chapter President Ted Brousseau to nominate them for the national award. “They pumped new energy and enthusiasm ... Read More »

The Immokalee Foundation names Steven Kissinger executive director

The Immokalee Foundation board of directors announced the appointment of Steven E. Kissinger as executive director. Kissinger has 15 years of experience working with local nonprofits that are focused on children, most recently as chief financial officer of Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County. “We are pleased that Steven has accepted this leadership position with TIF,” said Joe Zednik, TIF’s chairman. “His strong financial and management experience, and community involvement make Steven the ideal choice for leading our organization into the future.” Kissinger is an alumnus of Leadership Collier (2005) and Bonita Springs (2010), and is a board member of ... Read More »

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP-MONTH

Collier County Public Library September 2 – 30, 2014 The Collier County Public Library is promoting library card sign up month with the slogan “The Smartest Card: Get It, Use It, @ Your Library!” It’s the smartest card for a lot of reasons, including the access it provides to a wide spectrum of reliable information resources and for the value it provides to every card holder. Customers can borrow rather than buy books and movies, download audiobooks and take advantage of a wide variety of programs and events for every age group. Two dozen community businesses are partnering with the ... Read More »

FWC recommends Collier County residents take steps to protect small livestock from panthers

Because of recent incidents of Florida panthers taking small livestock in Golden Gates Estates, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is cautioning Collier County residents to take the necessary precautions to properly shelter animals such as goats, sheep, calves, pigs, donkeys and chickens. “The best way for people to protect small livestock is to keep them in a secure, fenced enclosure with a roof, especially at night,” said FWC panther team leader Darrell Land. “Panther depredations on animals in backyards can be prevented, and we encourage Golden Gate Estates residents to take the necessary steps to protect their ... Read More »

Marco Island, FL has been selected as the #4 city on our list of the 20 Safest Cities in Florida

To ensure the accuracy of our rankings, we compared crime statistics (including both property and violent crimes) of over 300 cities in Florida to determine our list of the 20 safest cities. Members of the Marco Island, FL community should be very proud to have made it to the top of our list! Check out Marco Island’s listing and the full list of Florida’s safest cities here: http://www.safechoicesecurity.com/blog/safest-cities-in-florida Not only is Marco Island beautiful, but it’s also safe, making it a great place for families to vacation and make a home. We would love it if you would show off Marco Island’s award ... Read More »

From Payroll to Purchasing, FSBDC and IBERIABANK Partner to Host Small Business Seminars

A 127-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, is pleased to announce a partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University to host a series of three complimentary seminars aimed at helping small business owners with a variety of topics including Quickbooks®, cash flow, budgeting, and professional resources. All presentations will be held at the IBERIABANK branch located at 775 Airport Road North in Naples from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.  Speakers include Theresa Ayers, Cathy Haworth, and Sharon Brunette from the FSBDC; CPAs, Laura Gelman and Terri DiSciullo, from Rogers, Wood, Hill, Starman and Gustason; William Morris, Esq. of the Law Office ... Read More »

Eagle Sanctuary Property in the Spotlight Again

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] On Monday, Sept. 8, the Marco Island City Council will be asked to sign a letter of support for the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation. This will be the second time in three weeks that Carl Way, chairman and founder of the volunteer, nonprofit foundation, will appear before council seeking its written support for the Marco Eagle Sanctuary at 665 Tigertail Court, which also is known as Tract K. When Way first appeared before City Council during its regular Aug. 18 meeting, he explained that he was asking for the letter of support as part of ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Studying Mangrove Die-off

A reference point within the die-off area is marked with white rope.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have partnered to conduct a long-term study of the 225-acre mangrove die-off area near Goodland known as Fruit Creek Farm. USGS awarded funding to this project for a minimum of three years to assess the hydrologic restoration, which now is partially underway. Since 2000, Rookery Bay Reserve has partnered with the Coastal Resources Group, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the city of Marco Island to conduct the initial assessment of the area’s hydrology and produce a ... Read More »

FLORIDA REMEMBERS HURRICANE CHARLEY ON 10th ANNIVERSARY

~It Only Takes One Storm to Change the Landscape of a Community~ Ten years ago, Hurricane Charley made landfall near Port Charlotte in Southwest Florida as a Category 4 storm, making it the strongest storm since Hurricane Andrew to impact Florida. On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Charley, Florida’s residents and visitors are reminded to have a family emergency plan and a disaster supply kit. It only takes one storm to significantly impact your family, business, and community. “Hurricane Charley was the first of four hurricanes to impact Florida during the 2004 season. Florida’s State Emergency Response Team worked together to ... Read More »

Sierra Grande Community Partners with Humane Society Naples for Adoption Event

Sierra Grande, a brand-new 300-unit resort-style rental community located at 6975 Sierra Club Circle off Collier Boulevard and Rattlesnake-Hammock Road, has partnered with the Humane Society Naples (www.hsnaples.org) to promote a summer ribbon-cutting and adoption event taking place at Sierra Grande on Saturday, August 23rd, from 10am to 2pm. The event is in celebration of the community’s newly-built Bark Park, which is located on community grounds, and provides a place for residents to play with and walk their dogs “As the area’s first new leasing community in over 10 years, this is really a special celebration for us,” states Property Manager Robin Schmitt. “Sierra Grande offers incomparable ... Read More »

MIHS Alley Proposal – Part II

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By Noelle H. Lowery and Craig Woodward During its Aug. 1 regular meeting, the city of Marco Island Planning Board approved a proposal from the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) to name 11 currently unnamed alleys around the island after major players in Marco’s history. With a vote of 6-1, the proposal was passed onto City Council for review and approval. The proposal is the brainchild of Marco Island historian and attorney Craig Woodward, who worked with several members of the MIHS to come up with local historical figures who were not already recognized in some way around the island. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Litha S. Berger

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So why am I running for City Council? To begin, I have been on the Island since 1992 and full time since 2009.  My husband Jim and I both worked on the east coast and for twenty years and came to the Island on weekends.  We started with a small condo on Smokehouse Bay, sold the condo in 2001 and bought a house knowing we would live here to begin a second career for both of us. I enjoyed a wonderful career as executive staff for several companies in geriatric care services from nursing homes, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s Dementia ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Reckel

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I read your article about PRAC with great interest. I am 75 years old and have benn a Marco resident for 14 years. My family immigrated from behind the Iron Curtain in 1950. I have lived and written my personal biography about living the American Dream. What I see today is De Ja Vu about life in a socialist/communist country. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I seem to remember that somewhere between 16.5 to 17.2 of our working population ( tongue in cheek) work for some form of government. What I see happening here is another form of government ... Read More »

Fiji — Another Island Paradise

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By Kay Dougherty Yes, Marco is an island paradise but — SPOILER ALERT — it turns out that there are others too! Fiji with their “300 Islands of Sun” is a different sort of paradise. One with its own distinctive sights, culture and rituals. My sister and I just returned from a seven-night cruise of the Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands with Captain Cook Cruises of Fiji. To our amazement, we have been converted from cruise scoffers to cruise zealots and have the fervor typical of new converts. It’s a long journey to Fiji, but as we drew close, we looked ... Read More »