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STOP IDENTITY THEFT FORUM

By Collier County Schools and City of Naples ID Theft Task Force   Learn how to prevent becoming a victim of identity fraud on Wednesday, November 12, 4:45 PM to 6:15 PM, at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Collier county School District Administrative Center, 5775 Osceola Trail in Naples.   This program will be moderated by Jeff Lytle, former Naples Daily News Editorial Page Editor, and feature speakers: Kevin Rambosk, Collier County Sheriff, Thomas Weschler, the Chief of Police for the City of Naples, Chad Parker, Lieutenant of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Financial Crime Bureau, Carrie Kerskie, P.I. ... Read More »

Arturo’s re-opens with sole proprietor Judy Barney

Longtime Marco Island resident Judy Barney has set the first week of November for the grand re-opening of Marco Island culinary mainstay, Arturo’s Italian Restaurant at 844 Bald Eagle Drive. Though the Zagat, Wine Spectator and AAA Approved Arturo’s has been in business on Marco Island for almost 19 years, Barney’s role has changed from co-owner to sole proprietor of the popular restaurant. A very familiar face to patrons, Barney has been responsible for maintaining Arturo’s public image for many years—at the restaurant and throughout the community. With the dawn of a new era, Barney promises: “Something old, something new, ... Read More »

Commissioners Rename Freedom Park in Honor of Commissioner Fred Coyle

Coyle Freedom Park. “I would like to thank my fellow commissioners for recognizing my years of service to the county by renaming the park in my honor,” said Coyle. “It is an incredible tribute to have my name associated with a park in my district that honors the members of our Armed Forces and Uniformed Services who protect our lives and freedoms.” Commissioner Coyle, a Vietnam War veteran, has always had a special connection to the park, leading the charge to have it developed. The county bought the land for the park, located at 1515 Golden Gate Parkway in Coyle’s ... Read More »

Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation Pancake Breakfast

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It was a cool and windy day, but the Seventh Annual Pancake Breakfast put on by the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) was a definite success. A complete breakfast was offered with eggs, sausage, pancakes, coffee and orange juice. Tables and chairs lined the bays of the fire station and some of the pancake “flippers” included local “celebrity chefs” MIFRD Chief Mike Murphy, City Councilman Larry Honig and City Manager Roger Hernstadt, as well as a few Fire Rescue Department personnel. Hundreds of islanders and visitors stopped in to enjoy breakfast. MIFRF holds a ... Read More »

Cultural Alliance Announces 1st Collaborative Programs

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Cultural Alliance of Marco Island and Goodland (CAMIG) has announced its first three collaborative educational and fundraising programs beginning early next year. The local coalition of seven not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations banded together in April to “be a unified voice promoting cultural awareness and activities that enhance the quality of life on Marco Island and Goodland.” The first of these activities is scheduled for February, when The Marco Players Theater will join forces with the Naples Holocaust Museum and the Marco Island Historical Society and Museum to present a three-tier educational program focusing on the ... Read More »

You Had Me at Merlot

After tasting the evening’s featured wine just hours before the event, Executive Chef Laura Owen said she spent the afternoon raiding her pantry at CJ’s to come up with the perfect appetizer.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Marco Island Florist and Gifts partnered with Executive Chef Laura Owen of CJ’s on the Bay to host a wine tasting and food pairing event free to the public. The shop was filled with guests socializing, sipping wine, tasting food and shopping; it was their first Wine Wednesday with hopes of many more to come. “We just wanted to do something different on Marco, and no one else is doing a free wine tasting,” said Tracy Bower, marketing specialist for Marco Island Florist and Gifts. The evening’s featured wine was a Mark ... Read More »

Inaugural Guardian Anglers Tournament raises $40,000

Anglers were anxious to get a jump on the day. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida jointly hosted the inaugural Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8. The two-day event engaged local anglers and supporters in a catch-and-release challenge and fundraiser, reeling in a total of $40,000 to benefit both organizations. “We are pleased to work with so many generous donors and sponsors in our community,” said Friends of Rookery Bay president Craig Seibert. “Now, more than ever, support from the community is critical in ensuring our coastal resources are protected for future generations.” During Saturday’s tournament, anglers photographed and documented all snook, ... Read More »

RedSnook Tournament Nets $72,000

The winning corporate team, RGM Capital LLC, included Ed Novinksi and Jason Krishnan. They are pictured with co-chairs
Wayne Meyland and Gary Parsons.

Submitted A record-breaking 45 teams participated in the 2014 RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Tournament that took place Oct. 24-26, generating $72,000 to support juvenile gamefish studies, water-quality research and estuary protection conducted by Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Wayne A. Meland of Morgan Stanley sponsored the event. Meland also served as event co-chair, along with Gary Parsons. The 2014 honorary chair was Oliver White, a rising star in the fly fishing community and passionate conservationist. “The mission of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and their water quality work is a natural fit for the conservation work I do,” White said. ... Read More »

ACS Kicks Off Relay For Life

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Submitted On Oct. 28, the Marco Lutheran Church was illuminated as a beacon of hope and celebration of life. The Marco Island unit of the American Cancer Society hosted their kickoff party of the 2015 Relay For Life, “One World One Hope,” presented by Robert J. Flugger. Approximately 50 attendees were greeted by a path of shining luminaria leading the way to a room decorated with purple and white balloons where they enjoyed refreshments and an audiovisual presentation of the 2014 Relay For Life of Marco Island. The 2015 Relay For Life Chair Jamie Bergen welcomed the audience and opened ... Read More »

Goodland ‘Pink Out’

Pictured left to right: Trish Oehler, Zach Gober, Michael Gober and their dad, Steve Gober collectively showed support in their pink shirts.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It was a sea of pink as far as the eye could see at Stan’s Idle Hour on Sunday, Oct. 26, where Salon and Spa Botanica of Marco Island came together with the small community of Goodland to host their second annual Pink Hair for Hope fundraiser to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The usual “Sunday Funday” crowd drawn to Stan’s joined in the day’s activities, entering raffles and sporting pink hair extensions provided by the salon team — all of which were present and decked out in head-to-toe pink. “They did it last year, ... Read More »

Deck the Halls at GCA’s Annual Holiday Bazaar

Marker 8.5 owner Michael Duncan.PHOTOS By Melinda Gray

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It’s hard to believe that another holiday season is just around the corner. It’s almost time for big family gatherings, elaborate meals, decorations and presents; and while I didn’t have the pleasure of being in Florida this time last year, I’m very excited knowing where I will do all of my 2014 Christmas shopping: the Goodland Civic Association (GCA) Annual Holiday Bazaar. Marking its second season at Margood Harbor Park, the annual event will be held on November 15-16, 10 AM-4 PM. Last year, nearly 70 vendors — many from Goodland and Marco — were ... Read More »

On Tour with Marco Island Utilities

Taking a look into the massive storage tank, students also got a  bird’s eye view of Marco Island. PHOTOS BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman When 24 first graders arrived at the Marco Island Utilities site for a tour of water distribution and wastewater treatment, many of the girls and boys wanted to be policemen or fire fighters when they grew up, but after an eye-opening walk-through and presentation by several of the city’s key engineers and operators, at least six students switched to water operations as their future career field. The students from First Baptist Church of Naples Academy visited the utilities operation on East Elkcam Circle as part of their unit study on community services. Upon arrival, they were greeted ... Read More »

Marco Island Half-Marathon

The Marco Island Half Marathon and 5K run-walk will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2014. The race begins in the Shops of Marco Publix parking lot at the corner of San Marco Road and Barfield Drive. The Half Marathon begins at 7:30 AM and the 5K run-walk begins at 7:45 AM. Monies raised are given to various community organizations on Marco Island. We welcome you to come run, walk or volunteer and be a part of this exciting family event. Runners are encouraged to register and additional information is available at www.marcoislandhalfmarathon.com. Read More »

Marco Packaging Meals of Hope November 15th

Eric Condee, Dennis Pidherny, Neil Snyder, Rebecca Hodge-Snyder, 
Joan Pidherny volunteered for last year’s event. photo by kathleen zehler

By Noelle H. Lowery Neil “Captain Hope” Snyder has been busy this year. Since February, the local attorney and chairman of the annual Marco Island Meals of Hope packaging event has held seven After-Five gatherings at island restaurants to help raise the $45,000 necessary to fund the 2015 packaging extravaganza, which is set for Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Marco Island Charter Middle School gym from 9-11 AM. For the last two years, nearly 600 volunteers participated in the event, according to Snyder. “The goal three years ago was 150,000 meals,” he says. “Last year, it was 175,000, and we ... Read More »

Marv Needles and Paul Tateo, Co-Chairs Rental Task Force

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The City of Marco Island is reviewing ordinances that address several issues related to the lifestyle and rights of residents and property owners who chose to rent their properties. The issues identified by the city are: excessive noise, illegal parking, trash left in swales and lack of taxes being collected from rental properties. At the August 22nd meeting of the Planning Board, an agenda item was added to address concerns thought to be the result of rental activity in residential neighborhoods. As an active member of the community, the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) volunteered to establish a ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Craig R. Woodward

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I have known Litha Berger since 2002 when I worked with her on a continuing care facility that was proposed by one of my clients for Marco Island. Litha was the professional consultant on the project having spent her career working with assisted and independent living facilities. Unfortunately for the Island, that facility was never completed as many of our residents have expressed a desire to be able to continue to live on the Island even when they need assistance and cannot live alone. In the last 12 years that I have known and dealt with Litha I have found ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Joyce & Rich Kaelin

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It has been too many years since we have had a woman on City Council.  It is now time to rectify that with Litha Berger as our candidate.  Litha has been very active in the community and sincerely cares about Marco Island. I hope you will give Litha consideration when you vote for City Council candidates. Thank you. Joyce & Rich Kaelin   Read More »

Letter to the Editor: JOAN MYERS

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Have you noticed something missing on Marco City Council? I have; it’s called a woman’s point of view. Luckily, that issue can finally be resolved. Vote Litha Berger for City Council Have you heard the expression that if you need something done, you ask a busy person? Simply put, she knows how to get things done. How else could she raise children, obtain her college degree and work full time simultaneously? She’s worked tirelessly for her community working on the Parks and Recreation committee, the Big Flag Committee and welcoming our newest community members as a former President in the ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County gives back to the community with Publix school supply drive

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Boys and Girls Club of Collier County recently distributed more than 2,000 cases of free school supplies to families and community partners that includes schools served by the Club, churches, shelters, and other non-profit organizations. The school supplies were generously donated by Publix Supermarkets and its customers as part of their annual school supply drive. Items included notebook paper, glue, markers, crayons, scissors, pencils, pens, folders and more. More than 30 different schools and organizations throughout Collier County received an invitation to pick up the supplies, followed by Family Night where families of Club members were given bags full of ... Read More »

2015 Relay for Life Kick-off

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Submitted Mention the word “cancer,” and almost every person can relate an experience, be it with a family member, a friend or that individual him or herself. In spite of research and progress in the fight against this dreaded disease, an individual can easily feel ineffective and hopeless in the quest for a cure. However, the ideas and actions of one man did indeed make a difference and created a worldwide phenomenon. In 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon walked and ran for hours around a track in Tacoma, WA, raising $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. This was ... Read More »