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Smallwood Store Settlement

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By Patty Huff Finally, after many years of frustration and expense, the Smallwood Store & Museum and Florida Georgia Grove, LLP, reached a settlement agreement on March 17. According to the Col the County Commissioners, “the four year Smallwood litigation has been resolved in favor of the County and the Smallwood family. In an agreed-upon Final Judgment… the Developer has agreed that Mamie Street is a publicly dedicated roadway, with the County and the Smallwood family accepting this newly paved road ‘as is.’” As a publicly dedicated roadway, neither the Smallwood Store nor Florida Georgia Grove will have to maintain ... Read More »

Healthy Kids Day and Dottie’s Duck Derby

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By Don Manley The Greater Marco Family YMCA will present two of its signature events as one seamless extravaganza of fun, healthy living information and fundraising. Both the Y’s Healthy Kids Day and the Dottie’s 20th Annual Duck Derby fundraiser will be held backto-back on Saturday, April 25 at the organization’s Sand Hill Street campus. “We’re trying to showcase our youth this year and make it more of a fun, interactive event and hopefully, get a good turnout from that,” said Charlene Garcia, the Y’s school age (after-school program) coordinator, who is also coordinating Healthy Kids Day. The festivities will ... Read More »

Celebrate Marco Island’s 50th Anniversary

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By Don Manley Much has changed on Marco Island since the Mackle Brothers ushered in the community’s modern era in 1962. It was then that the brothers – Elliott, Robert, and Frank, Jr. – went together with the heirs of Barron Gift Collier and established a joint venture to develop the Island. Their company, the Deltona Corp., created a master plan for the community the Mackles envisioned and also handled construction. In January of 1965, property in Modern Marco was made available to the public for the first time. The 50th anniversary of that momentous occasion will be commemorated the ... Read More »

Booty Barre Benefit

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Anyone who has taken one of Margaret Lamp’s ‘Booty Barre’ classes knows just how difficult they are. Margaret is the area’s Booty Barre guru and known for working muscles most had no idea existed. Her classes are so popular they are often full. Those in attendance form a certain camaraderie. So, when one of her class regulars, Jada Shigley, was diagnosed with cancer and started chemotherapy treatments, Margaret wanted to help in the one way she knows how. So, there will be a three hour booty barre session on Saturday, May 16th as a benefit ... Read More »

2015 Spirit of Marco Island Awards to Recognize Recipients

Bruce Graev, President of the Noontime Rotary Club presents George Abounader & Cindy Love-Abounader with the 2015 Spirit of Marco Island Award, while fellow club members look on. Left to right: Rachel DeHanas, George & Cindy Abounader, Bruce Graev (holding the certificate), Kathy & Ian Small in the foreground.

By Don Manley Giving selflessly to benefit the greater good is a pleasure for Condee Cooling and Electric. “The things we can help out with for which we have the resources, we’re happy to do that for the community that supports the families that we provide with employment,” said Erik Condee, the company’s operational coordinator. Condee Cooling and Electric has been named one of the recipients of the 2015 Spirit of Marco Island Award presented by the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island. Now in its seventh year, the award recognizes civically involved individuals and organizations for their contribution of ... Read More »

NCH Wellness Hosts Yoga and Joint Health Event

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Submitted The NCH Wellness Centers are hosting a free community experience called, “The Power of Food & Yoga for Joint Health” on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10 AM to 1 PM. The event will take place in the NCH Downtown Naples Hospital, Telford Center, second floor auditorium at 350 7th Street North. The program begins at 10 AM with a multi-level yoga class including chair yoga demonstrations for those who benefit from modifications. At noon, a lecture called “A Holistic Approach for Promoting Musculoskeletal Health” will be presented by Sue Graziano, RN, NCH Director of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. The ... Read More »

Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron Means Business

Peggy, Ted, Bill AND Andrea at the 2015 Expo.

Submitted Members of the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron want the community to know more about the many educational and social opportunities available through this organization for interested boaters and to those who may wish to become boaters some day. To spread the word, the Power Squadron recently joined the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, and participated in the 2015 Business Expo held on April 6th at the Marriott Beach Resort. Attendees at the Business Expo had information available regarding the many boating classes sponsored by the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron, including the popular America’s Boating ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Thomas W. Carter

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To: City of Marco Island Council Members, It is with great discord that again, we are writing a letter to you on an issue we thought you put to rest via a vote by the majority of members during the March board meeting.  We can’t help to note that your timing to “reconsider” is being held at a time when most of the Condominium/HOA members have left the island for the summer months, making it impossible for us to once again fill your board room. Our position remains the same. The Seabreeze Condominium Board of Directors and unit owners are ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jane and Fred Schuh

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To: City Council, City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk for City of Marco Island This letter is to state our opposition to the new Rental Ordinance or at a minimum our opposition to include condominiums.  We are opposed to reopening and reconsidering the ordinance which recently passed. We have owned a condo on Marco Island for 11 years and have never had any issues in which this new ordinance proposes to solve. We are opposed because: There are no problems reported at the Gulfview. Problems should be analyzed before sweeping all condominiums into an ordinance proposed to solve a problem in single ... Read More »

MIA Footballers Boost Boat Parade

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Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com For the past nineteen years, Elaine Ritchie, has raised a lot of money for AVOW Hospice through the Goodland Boat Parade. She stages it every February and somehow gets the whole town of Goodland to pitch in. The parade starts at the Stan Gober Bridge, winds its way through the bay behind our restaurants, and ends at the Goodland Boat Park at the southern end of Goodland. Crowds come from all over to revel in the festivities, and to support the parade. The water’s edge is lined with spectators. When the parade pulls in ... Read More »

Have You Thanked a Doctor Today?

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd On Monday, March 30, our nation, once again, celebrated National Doctors’ Day. At Physicians Regional Healthcare System, we know the extraordinary role our local physicians play in our community. We witness their profound impact on a daily basis. Here’s some history: the very first Doctor’s Day took place on March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided we should set aside a day to honor physicians. On March 30, 1958, a resolution Commemorating Doctors’ Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. ... Read More »

Growing Angraecums: Exotic orchids that thrive in SW Florida

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Submitted It’s surprising that most orchid hobbyists in Southwest Florida know very little about Angraecums, especially when the orchids thrive in South Florida’s sub-tropics. The Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance invites you to a presentation by Tom Kuligowski at its “Third Thursday” Member Event on April 16, 2015 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 from 6:30–8:30 PM. Guests are welcome at no charge. Angraecums are known for their beautiful showy flowers, some of which give off nocturnal fragrances. The orchids can grow to become fantastic specimen plants within only a few years. They are easy ... Read More »

2015 Spirit of Marco Island Award Winners Surprised and Humbled

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By Don Manley Shock at haven been selected is a common shared reaction for the recipients of the 2015 Spirit of Marco Island Award. “I’m very excited, said Carole Roberts, who is one of the eight recipients this year. “I think it’s great. I can honestly say I was totally surprised.” Now in its seventh year, the Spirit of Marco Island Award is presented by the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island. The award recognizes civically involved individuals and organizations for their contribution of time, talent and financial support to the community. Roberts is joined this year by attorneys Neil and ... Read More »

2015 “Stamp Out Hunger” Letter Carrier’s Food Drive

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Submitted Collier Harvest announces the 2015 Letter Carrier’s Food Drive is going on NOW through Saturday, May 9th. Collier Harvest, the non-profit agency that manages the “Stamp Out Hunger” event locally, asks residents of Naples and Marco Island to place their non-perishable food donations by their mail boxes anytime between now and Saturday, May 9th, to be picked up by their letter carriers. All residents, including seasonal residents returning home, may also drop off donations at the post office on North Goodlette-Frank Road or the Coco River post office on Immokalee Road. Collier Harvest welcomes volunteers, middle school age and ... Read More »

Exploring the American Workforce at Marco Island Historical Museum

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Submitted What would life be like without teachers, doctors or firefighters? Every day Americans are hard at work on farms, factories, in homes or at desks keeping our communities thriving. The Marco Island Historical Museum, in cooperation with the Florida Humanities Council, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts “The Way We Worked,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. “The Way We Worked” will be on view April 4, 2015 through May 16, 2015. A free opening reception will take place on Tuesday April 7 from 5pm to 7pm. The Marco Island Historical Museum ... Read More »

The Great Golf Ball Drop

Personnel from Marco Island’s Fire-Rescue Department perform the golf ball drop.

By Don Manley Both Eugenio Cardenas and the Marco Island Academy came away victorious on a recent Saturday afternoon at Winterberry Park. Cardenas, president of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Marco Island, was the big winner at MIA’s inaugural Golf Ball Drop fundraiser, capturing the $1,000 grand prize, which he donated right back to the school. The Golf Ball Drop involved baskets of the spheroids being poured from a perch about 60 feet in the air provided by an extendable boom-truck from the city’s FireRescue Department. Each numbered ball was purchased by entrants – $5 for one ball, $20 for ... Read More »

Success for the CurePSP Memorial Walk

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 11th Annual CurePSP Awareness and Memorial Walk was held at Mackle Park on March 14th and was sponsored by the Southwest Florida PSP Support Group. It was a picture perfect day for joining together to support fundraising efforts for research into finding a cure for the rare neuro-degenerative diseases-Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD) and Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). It was a phenomenal event attended by the largest number participants ever experienced. It is projected the Walk raised $34,000.00. The success was due in part to Cindy MacDonald (facilitator of the support group ... Read More »

Last Fakahatchee Island cruise of season

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The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their final cruise of the season to historic Fakahatchee Island on Saturday, March 21. Fakahatchee Island was once home to a thriving community of farming and fishing families and was first inhabited by the Calusa. On the way to the island, Everglades National Boat Tours will cruise among the mangroves of the Ten Thousand Islands. On the island, a Friends of Fakahatchee naturalist will lead a walking tour and describe the island’s colorful history. Cold drinks and snacks will be served on the boat. Please bring bug repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and closed shoes. Jackets are ... Read More »

NCH Meeting Cancer Head On

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By Allen S Weiss, M.D. Cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis have changed dramatically for the better. Today, hospitals such as NCH, staffed by greatly experienced and highly competent medical personnel, are making tremendous progress in meeting the challenges of cancer. Last week, NCH added to its prestigious record in fighting cancer, earning National Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This highly respected, independent reviewing organization, established in 1922, awarded NCH “Silver” status and rated us “excellent” in six of seven categories. That placed us among the top 10% in the nation. To earn ... Read More »

40 Years of Marco Players

The cast of “Love, Loss, & What I Wore” rehearses.

By Don Manley The Marco Players is still going strong 40 years after staging its first production. “Challenging ourselves to do better and better work, a good fiscal outlook and having actors and directors who want to work here,” has been a key to the theater group’s longevity and success said Beverly Dahlstrom, its artistic director and president of its board of directors. “This doesn’t mean everyone will like everything we do,” she added. “But the work that we do is interesting and varied. Technically, like all the 501cs (nonprofits) on the island, a successful show is what brings in ... Read More »