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Sue Olszak and Lisa Honig. SUBMITTED photo

By Don Manley The new year has included changes at the Marco Island unit of the American Cancer Society with two of its mainstays assuming new titles and responsibilities. Lisa Honig, the unit’s former executive director, is now the state ACS’ senior manager for distinguished events for the region extending from Marco to the Tampa area. The unit’s former event coordinator, Sue Olszak has been promoted to its specialist for distinguished events and Relay For Life. They assumed their new posts in January. In her new role, Honig is responsible for all ACS galas and Cattle Barons Balls in her ... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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Marco Island City Councilors: A brief observation, if I may: Is it this administration’s intention to note the departure of Nancy Richie in a non-descript manner? Environmental Specialist Richie has been the model of any organization’s ideal associate ever since the City’s incorporation. A 24/7 civil and community servant, Nancy Richie was never the standard nine-to-five robotic employee that is today’s accepted standard. Her service deserves more than a mere nod and murmured “Thanks”. Hopefully city council will, at minimum, publicly acknowledge Richie’s devotion and contributions to Marco Island…and to its environs.        Russ Colombo Read More »

FWC moving forward with comprehensive approach to reducing conflicts with bears

In response to rapidly increasing conflicts and several incidents where bears seriously injured people, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is building on its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management. At its Feb. 4 meeting in Jacksonville, the FWC approved a plan to move forward with a variety of tools to manage bears and help reduce human-bear conflicts. “Our multipronged approach focuses on maintaining bear populations at healthy levels while ensuring public safety,” said Commissioner Brian Yablonski. “However, this is not something we can do on our own. There has to be an element of getting the community ... Read More »

PARADE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Downtown Naples Saturday, March 14, 2015 9:30 am Lighthouse of Collier, in collaboration with American Comfort Limousines, invites you to attend and support Naples’ premier winter event — The 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, to be held on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 in Downtown Naples. Wear your yellow Lighthouse of Collier t-shirt and walk in the 1.8 mile parade to show how you support the community. All volunteers, sighted guides, guide dogs and white canes are welcomed. For non-walkers, limited seating is available on the American Comfort Limousines executive bus by RSVP to ... Read More »

Civil Air Patrol SAREX training

Final briefing of air and ground crews before mission. SUBMITTED photoS

By Col. Dave Gardner On 23-25 January 2015, the Civil Air Patrol’s Marco Island Senior Squadron conducted a three-day search and rescue exercise (SAREX) with a mission-base at the Marco Island Airport. 21 CAP members from the Marco Squadron and 1 from the Naples Senior Squadron participated in the sorties and managed the SAREX. Civil Air Patrol squadrons combined their experienced personnel and equipment assets to conduct this large three-day event. Having aircrew and administrative staff from both Squadrons flying and working together helped hone their skills in searching for downed aircraft, lost boaters and kayakers, as well as spotting ... Read More »

Newest Collection of Homes Unveiled at The Isles of Collier Preserve

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Submitted Minto Communities unveiled four new luxury villa models at The Isles of Collier Preserve with a grand opening event on Saturday, Feb. 7. More than 500 guests toured Minto’s new villa models — the Fresia, Petunia, Mimosa and Dahlia — as well as three furnished coach home models and four furnished single-family models. Hundreds of visitors also took guided electric boat tours of the Cypress Waterway, nature trail tours, and tours of the award-winning, 7,330-square-foot Discovery Sales Center with its recreated natural cypress wetland. The new one-story villas range in size from 1,565 square feet to 1,862 square feet ... Read More »

Jane Watt, In Her Own Words

The students headed out en masse to Big Cypress, and they came prepared with mosquito nets.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Jane Watt is many things. She is a mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a former pharmaceutical sales representative, an educated woman with a degree in zoology and a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. As the founder and chairperson of Marco Island Academy (MIA) — the local public charter high school — she also is a woman from a small Midwestern town who moved to Southwest Florida and succeeded in bringing high-quality secondary education to Marco Island and its surrounding communities, and she did it with no background in education. Watt details ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Our Annual Town Hall Gathering with Commissioner Donna Fiala and a host of others will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 5:30 PM, at the Marco Island Historical Society’s Rose Hall Auditorium. The museum has been kind enough to host these events ever since they opened, and we are so grateful. It’s a great place to hold a community “get together.” Along with Donna, you will meet County Manager Leo Ochs, who will give an overview of the county. Nick Casalanguida, the administrator for the County’s Growth Management Division, will update you on the construction taking place ... Read More »

Floodplain Management Plan Proceeds

Collier County is in the process of updating its Floodplain Management Plan as a requirement to maintain eligibility for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) federal disaster funding and to increase credit in the Community Rating System (CRS) Program. The county is working to better develop hazard mitigation to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. Public participation has been an integral part of the process.  Public meetings were held in July and again in December along with multiple Floodplain Management Planning Committee meetings in order to work through the process of developing an up-to-date plan.  ... Read More »

VenturePitch

The Tamiami Angel Fund II (T2), a family of member-managed funds organized to invest in early stage, high potential, accelerated growth companies, will present the inaugural VenturePitch SWFL on Wednesday, March 11. The event is open to the public and begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Naples Silverspot Cinema, Theatre 12, located at 9118 Strada Place. The ‘Shark Tank’- style event brings together four early stage entrepreneurs who will pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges and attendees. One company will be selected as the most investible. “We’re excited to bring VenturePitch to Southwest Florida and offer a ... Read More »

Tammi Vance Earns Membership in Prestigious Million Dollar Guild®

Tammi Vance of RE/MAX Affinity Plus has been recognized by the prestigious Institute for Luxury Home Marketing for her recent performance in the million-dollar and above luxury home market within Marco Island and the surrounding communities. “Real Estate professionals who have earned admittance to The Institute’s Million Dollar Guild® not only have specific upper-tier market knowledge, but they also understand the unique needs of affluent buyers and sellers and recognize the importance of being discreet,” said Institute President Laurie Moore-Moore. “Whether you’re buying or selling a multi-million dollar property, you can depend upon The Institute’s Million Dollar Guild® members to have the ... Read More »

Grand Opening of New Villas

The Mimosa. PHOTOS BY ROB-HARRIS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Isles of Collier Preserve will be a very busy place this weekend. The reason: The Minto Communities development is holding a grand opening event to introduce four new villa models on Saturday, Feb. 7, 12-4 PM. The new, furnished luxury villa models — the Fresia, Petunia, Mimosa and Dahlia — will be showcased and open to the public, in addition to three furnished coach home models and four furnished single-family models. The event will include trolley tours to the models; guided electric boat and kayak tours of the Cypress Waterway; nature trail tours; and ... Read More »

American Cancer Society Saving 500 Lives Per Day

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig Sr. Manager Distinguished Events American Cancer Society, Marco New data shows that the American Cancer Society continues to create a world with more birthdays by saving 500 lives per day. In fact, 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer today will survive at least five years. These are encouraging statistics, and they motivate me to work as hard as I can to help finish this fight. I invite you to join me. So, you may be thinking how do we make this happen? We do it by working together to raise the funds that the ... Read More »

Everglades City Round-Up

By Pat Newman Mention “Everglades City” to any Floridian, and their immediate comeback will be “Seafood Festival.” This weekend, the small fishing community will host its famously-popular Seafood Festival, now entering its fourth decade. According to local historian Marya Repko, the first event was staged as a fundraiser to buy playground equipment for McLeod Park. Since that modest event, the festival has grown to enormous proportions. While fresh seafood is the major draw, there is also music, amusement rides and brew. In addition to local talent, Nashville headliners Craig Campbell and “OUTSHYNE” will perform. Also on the bill is the ... Read More »

A Day with the Clays for MIA

Finishing in first place were, from left, Tom Horton, Glenn Lubeznik, Don Henderson, Gary Landis and Wes Blackwell.

By Don Manley Clay pigeons were the prey for 65 marksmen who blasted away with varying degrees of success to raise money for Marco Island Academy. The occasion was the Bill Rose Memorial Sporting Clays Classic held Jan. 17 at Gulf Coast Clays at Port of the Islands, formerly the Port of the Islands Gun Club. About 12,000 was raised for MIA through participant registration fees, sponsorships, and silent and live auctions. A Marco resident, successful businessman — he founded Rose Marina — philanthropist, avid boater and flier, and former US Marine, Rose passed away in 2010 at the age ... Read More »

Marco Police Foundation 4th Annual Rib Cook-Off

The judges sample the contestants’ wares, as Lynette LaCava looks on. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley They came, they grilled and in the end, big fun was had by all. Such was the lot of the contestants, the judges and the bevy of enthusiastic onlookers who turned out for the Marco Island Brewery’s Fourth Annual Rib Cook-Off, which benefits the Marco Police Foundation Scholarship Fund. The Brewery-sponsored event saw eight contenders vie to be selected as one of the three preparers most skilled in barbecuing that gustatory delight — the pork rib. In the end, it was cook-off newcomer Jim Gratkowski of Gratkowski Painting Contractors, who snagged the first-place trophy with a recipe ... Read More »

Marco Island Celebrates Arbor Day

Tommie Barfield Elementary School 3rd graders sing for the onlookers.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Gloomy, overcast skies gave way to beautiful Southwest Florida sunshine on Friday, Jan. 16, just in time for the city of Marco Island’s annual Arbor Day celebration. Sponsored by the city’s Beautification Advisory Committee, this year’s ceremony was held at Mackle Park, and included the planting of a Golden Trumpet tree provided by Affordable Landscaping Services. The brainchild of Julius Sterling Morton, a Nebraska journalist and politician, the first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872. According to arbor-day.net, Morton felt that Nebraska’s landscape and economy would benefit from the wide-scale planting of trees, ... Read More »

Mitzvah Day

If you are looking to make a difference in helping to combat hunger in our community…don’t miss Mitzvah Day on Sunday February 8th. If you want to experience a unique opportunity to make 50,000 meals with hundreds of our One Family members, young and old…don’t miss Mitzvah Day on February 8th. If you want to feel the joy of participating in a great social action event…you don’t want to miss Mitzvah Day on Sunday February 8th. For the past seven years, Mitzvah Day has been the highlight of our efforts towards Tikun Olam, which our teaching suggests is humanity’s shared responsibility to ... Read More »

JEWISH DELI FEST

Back by popular demand, the JEWISH DELI FEST at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) will return on SUNDAY, JANUARY 25TH from 11:30am to 4:00pm at 991 Winterberry Drive Marco Island. Last year’s event SOLD OUT so don’t miss out!!. Our pots are boiling and our ovens are warming as we prepare to feed the community of Marco Island and all of Collier County. The Jewish Deli Fest will feature: BERNIE’S DELI: Come and enjoy a New York-style deli sandwich of kosher-style corn beef, pastrami or salami with homemade coleslaw, potato salad and kosher pickle. Perhaps you would prefer ... Read More »

THE NAPLES ZOO AT CARIBEAN GARDENS NAMES COURTNEY JOLLY DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and nationally accredited zoo, has named Courtney Jolly as Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Ms. Jolly stated, “I am thrilled to join the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. It is a great honor to work for a non-profit organization that makes a difference around the world and in the community that I was raised in. I look forward to bringing my experience to the organization to make the Naples Zoo bigger and better than ever!” Ms. Jolly attended Florida Gulf Coast University, where she received a Bachelor of Science ... Read More »