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Highlights from New Association Laws

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CONDO LAW  By Bob Murrell  Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. On June 13, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law three bills that will impact community associations in Florida; those were Senate Bill 440, House Bill 807 and House Bill 7037. All of them became effective on July 1. The law that impacts community associations the most is House Bill 807. The following are some of the highlights from this law. The first of the highlights deals with abandoned condominium units and an association’s right to protect the common elements and other units of the condominium. Under the new law, in ... Read More »

Health Care’s Unsung Heroes

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To Your Health Scott Lowe  CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd A major part of my role as CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard is interacting with caregivers. As one would expect, this includes an exceptional group of physicians, nurses, clinicians and employees—those whom I am privileged to work alongside every day. The ability to witness their never-ending commitment to our patients—as seen through their focus on compassionate care—is truly inspirational. However, there’s another very special group of caregivers—a somewhat hidden community that rarely gets recognized. A group that, without fanfare, selflessly gives their time to our patient population each and every day ... Read More »

Marco Community Lights Up Sky

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By Noelle H. Lowery  noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island did it again! The city government, community businesses, civic groups and residents came together to raise $44,000 for this year’s fireworks spectacular, and what an incredible show it was. Each year, the city of Marco Island contributes half of the expense to fund the fireworks. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s Sandi Riedemann, along with Joey Oliveria of Joey’s Pizza and Pasta House, team up to raise the remaining half from local businesses and residents. The fireworks display is the grand finale of MICA’s Fourth of July on Residents’ Beach event — ... Read More »

City to Revamp Farmers’ Market Formula

Bella Maria was among  many food venders who participated in the Marco Island Farmers Market last season. PHOTO BY JAMIE BOZICNIK

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com What started out as a budget discussion about raising the vendor rates for the Farmers’ Market from $775 per booth to $950 turned into a debate about changing the overall vendor composition of the market, even limiting and excluding certain types of vendors, such as arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, prepared foods and open-air food concessions. At the heart of the discourse during a recent special meeting of City Council were the size of the market and the reported rising concern from local restaurants about the market’s “food court,” where a number of restaurants from ... Read More »

Villa at Terracina Grand Tops Out

Aerial view of Terracina Grand. PHOTOS BY GIOVANNI PHOTOGRAPHY

Submitted Villa at Terracina Grand in East Naples just reached a key construction milestone with the “topping out” of their two-story, 55-apartment building. When complete in early 2015, Villa at Terracina Grand will focus on care for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory impairments. The Goodman Group, the development and management company for the new community and Terracina Grand, hosted a topping out ceremony on Thursday, June 19. The event featured a “hard hat” barbecue lunch to thank the construction crew and commemorate the completion of the building’s exterior.  According to Peter Hendrickson, executive director of Terracina Grand: “Celebrating ... Read More »

Teamwork Works at NCH

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System NCH has three primary goals: (1) Improve the quality of care, (2) increase patient safety, and (3) enhance the patient experience. To accomplish these goals requires one thing in particular — shared decision-making from all of our 4,000 colleagues. With an “A” grade on safety for both campuses from Leapfrog, a well-respected national accreditation organization, we must be doing something right in terms of integrating the formidable resources of our entire caregiving team. This team-based model involves those who are closest to patients and families. By being involved ... Read More »

The Anatomy of a Rumor

Collier County water department workers  directed the light flow of traffic in and out of Goodland on June 16. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com It’s a well-known fact that big news, or any news for that matter, travels fast in a community as small as Goodland. It’s also widely accepted that as news travels farther from its source it tends to lose the original, factual information in favor of a more dramatic, sensationalized version. In short, minor issues feel like major happenings, especially this time of year. I recently experienced this phenomenon first-hand when what eventually proved to be a routine, short-lived inconvenience was all anyone could talk about in the days leading up to the morning of June ... Read More »

The Next Generation of Explorers

Community members and MIA donors attended a special VIP reception before the presentation. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com Friday, June 20, the Marco Island Historical Museum hosted “Cousteau: Past, Present and Future,” a presentation by Dr. Richard C. Murphy, director of science and education at Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society. Set to a slide show featuring mesmerizing images of our earth’s underwater world, he talked about the Cousteau family legacy and briefly touched on some present and future endeavors. The event was co-sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society and Marco Island Academy, and it highlighted one of those present endeavors: The Marco Island Academy/Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment (AOTE) Summer Camp, the ... Read More »

Local Student Contributes to Island Preserve

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By Nancy J. Richie A small oasis — 2.45 acres in total — holds archaeological, historical, cultural and biological importance for the history of Marco Island. It is the Otter Mound Preserve. Located in the southern area of the island at 1831 Addison Court, the “mound” that this preserve references is a relatively small part of a 70-80 acre Indian mound built by the Calusa Indians, estimated between 750 and 1,200 A.D. In more recent history — the early 1900s — it was the site of Caxambas Village, the Marco Island settlement for the clamming industry. It was a bustling ... Read More »

Goodwill and Mutual of Omaha Bank Join Forces

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Submitted Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. and Mutual of Omaha Bank have joined forces to provide entrepreneurs from low and moderate income backgrounds the opportunity to develop business skills and receive funding to become more independent and successful. Through Goodwill’s MicroEnterprise Institute, more than 215 entrepreneurs have received business training and many have successfully started their own business. MicroEnterprise sessions typically meet for six weeks and cover an array of topics including developing a business plan, feasibility planning and cash flow.  Representatives from Mutual of Omaha Bank and other partners often provide the instruction for the classes. In addition ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Offers New Villas

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Fiddler’s Creek announces that Stock Signature Homes is offering a diverse selection of single-family residences at three distinctive villages within the luxury, master-planned community. Stock is currently building in the villages of Isla del Sol, Mahogany Bend and Majorca. The builder’s homes are renowned for the rich architectural details of their front elevations, lending them a unique air of distinction. Inside each residence, soaring ceilings produce a spaciousness that maximizes the living areas, while the finest appointments create a visual feast for the eyes. Located just off Collier Boulevard between Naples and Marco Island, Fiddler’s Creek is an award-winning community. For membership details ... Read More »

Scott Approves $2.5 Million for Collier

Governor Rick Scott today signed into law a State budget appropriations bill that included $2.5 million in state funds to help develop a Soft-Landing Business Accelerator project in Collier County. The Business Accelerator Project is designed to help existing domestic businesses grow and develop while also providing a “port of entry” for international businesses seeking to expand into the U.S. market. This one-time state funding award will be combined with local public and private sector funding to establish facilities and business support services designed to spur economic development and create additional high wage jobs. “I am very appreciative of the ... Read More »

Annual Fill-a-Backpack Drive

While the calendar may say June, at The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, it is time to start thinking about the upcoming school year. The annual “Give Back – Fill a Pack” back-to-school-donation drive begins today to ensure that its youngest survivors have the supplies they need throughout the school year. The Shelter assists more than 800 child victims and survivors of domestic violence annually through safety, intervention and support. In addition, the organization reaches out to more than 17,000 school-age children through their presentation and education programs. Three ways to give: Adopt a Student, Grant a Wish, Donate a Dollar. The Shelter, ... Read More »

Meet the New Manager at MIHM

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Tim England has taken the helm at the Marco Island Historical Museum. He comes to MIHM after spending eight years as the manager of The Museum of the Everglades. This transition comes as former MIHM manager, Lisa Marciano, moves on to be the manager of the Naples Depot Museum. Jennifer Perry has stepped in as manager at The Museum of the Everglades. According to England, the musical positions was the result of the departure of former Naples Depot Museum manager Gary Vincent. When Vincent moved on, says England, “it opened all kinds of opportunities for ... Read More »

A closer look at the Marriott’s $1 Million Offer

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com On June 2, the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation plan cleared another hurdle when City Council approved the amendment to the hotel’s planned unit development and master plan by a vote of 4-2. Councilors Amadeo Petricca and Chuck Kiester voted against the measure, and Councilor Joe Batte was not in attendance. The second reading of the PUD amendment will be held Monday, June 16, at 5:30 PM, during the next regular City Council meeting. The approval came after nearly six hours of presentations, impassioned community responses, in-depth discussion and a surprise promise ... Read More »

Approved: 1st Reading of Marriott PUD Amendment

Marco Island city councilors listen to both sides of the Marriott project debate during the June 2 meeting.

By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation plan cleared its first hurdle Monday (June 2) night when City Council approved the amendment to the hotel’s planned unit development and master plan by a vote of 4-2. Councilors Amadeo Petricca and Chuck Kiester voted against the measure, and Councilor Joe Batte was not in attendance. The approval came after nearly six hours of presentations, impassioned community responses, in-depth discussion and a surprise promise from Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff. The hotel’s ownership group will kick in $1 million to expedite the renovation of the Smokehouse ... Read More »

Meet Marco Island’s New Firefighters

Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department’s newest firefighter-EMT’s (l-r): Alex Correa, Eric Griffin and Jesse Yarnell. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Three short months after the Marco Island City Council approved the hiring of three new firefighter-EMT’s, they have been hired, trained and are on the job. Twelve-year firefighting veteran Alex Correa and Naples-born-and-raised newbies Eric Griffin and Jesse Yarnell joined the department earlier this month. “The Fire-Rescue Department experienced a very impressive group of local applicants making our final decision very difficult but also very rewarding as we know going forward that we have well-educated, homegrown young men and women eager to serve their community,” says Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department Deputy Chief Chris Byrne. And, ... Read More »

Honoring artists, scholars

MIFA scholarship awardees (l-r) Christopher Niemczyk, Richard Stein, Theodore Schimek and Tyler MacDonald. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) held a special Scholarship Awards Luncheon for Marco Island students on Saturday, May 24. Scholarships were presented to local students pursuing college studies in the arts: Christopher Niemczyk, Theodore Schimek, Richard Stein and Tyler MacDonald. Niemczyk, who is studying accounting and music, played his guitar as luncheon attendees arrived. His mother, Donna, expressed her gratitude to MIFA, “We appreciate everything you guys do for the kids on Marco Island. It means so much to them that they’ve got your support and you’re watching out for them. When they ... Read More »

Marriott Honors Marco Island 1st Responders

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Submitted The Marco Island Marriott employees celebrated “Spirit To Serve Our Communities Day” by volunteering time Wed., May 21, to prepare and serve lunch to all first responders and emergency personnel for the city of Marco Island. This effort is part of Marriott International’s worldwide initiative that enlists 325,000 employees at headquarters and from more than 3,800 managed and franchised lodging properties in 74 countries to deliver community service through volunteerism. Business leaders from all Marriott brands and businesses have pledged to dedicate a day to helping others during or close to the third week of May. Marriott General Manager ... Read More »

Have Fun Doing the Right Thing

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System Last week, we celebrated National Hospital Week and the vital role that NCH has played for five decades in improving our community’s health. We are so proud to recognize the 4,000 men and women of NCH who serve Southwest Florida in so many ways. It is not an understatement to say that southwest Florida would not be what it is without NCH’s influence and achievements. American Hospital Association President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock put it this way: “National Hospital Week is our opportunity to thank all those who ... Read More »