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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 »

New Laws: Part 5

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Condo Law By Bob Murrell Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. Today, we will review two bills that were signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on June 13, with both effective on July 1. The first of these bills, House Bill 7037, has limited impact on Community associations, but because of the potential impact on community association managers (CAMs), it may have an impact on the operations of community associations. H.B. 7037 attempts to clarify the duties and responsibilities of CAMs by expanding the definition of community association management and the professional practice standards in Sections 468.431 and 468.334, Florida Statutes. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Representative Kathleen Passidomo

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Over the years since I was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives representing Naples and Marco Island I have gotten to know Litha Berger well.  She is a passionate advocate for Marco Island and its residents and has served the community well as a volunteer in a number of important roles.  She chaired the Marco Island Newcomers’ Club and served on the board of the Marco Island Taxpayers Association and the City Parks and Recreation Committee.  Prior to moving to Marco Island she was an executive for several companies specializing in geriatric care services and helped develop affordable ... Read More »

Letter to the editor: Pat Molloy

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Our beautiful city of Marco Island always needs a city council that cares deeply about the city and its citizens.  Litha Berger has spent her time in this city working selflessly to improve the quality of life for the people of Marco Island.  She has led and/or participated in the Marco Island Taxpayer Association, Newcomers of Marco Island, Marco Island Big Flag Committee, and most recently as a member of the Marco Island Parks and Recreation Committee. Even more important than her contributions to this city is the business judgment she will bring to the council.  Litha has extensive experience ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Litha S. Berger

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A better voice for Marco Island I firmly believe that anyone who runs for office must be an involved, concerned and active member of the community. I back up my beliefs with action! I have served as President of Newcomers, Vice President of the American Association of University Women, President and Founder of the Caxambas Republican Club, member of the Big Flag Committee, past board member of MITA, active member of the annual Prayer Breakfast committee and am currently serving on the Parks & Recreation Committee. These experiences have provided the opportunities to hear what is important to Marco Island ... Read More »

Lunch with MIPD Chief Al Schettino

New community service officer bicycle courtesy of the Marco Island Police Foundation. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It was a packed house for Marco Island Chief of Police Al Schettino’s first “Lunch with the Chief.” Sponsored by the Marco Island Police Foundation, the lunch was held at Hideaway Beach Club on Oct. 9. Schettino began with a state-of-the-department-type address, outlining all of the changes he has made to the department since taking over in July, which include the full staffing of MIPD, the department’s new community outreach programs and new community service officers, and the implementation of extensive skills training. Additionally, Schettino announced that MIPD will be working the Marco Island Fire-Rescue ... Read More »

Marco’s Newest Task Force

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By Pat Newman Marco Island’s newest task force on rental regulation already has one meeting under its belt and a second planned for Monday, Oct. 20 at the Board of Realtors on San Marco Road. Headed by Marco Island realtor and 45-year resident Marv Needles, the task force is seeking input from the general public and other organizations impacted by privately-owned properties rented as vacation properties. The first planning board meeting of the month held Oct. 3 was well-attended by homeowners negatively impacted by noise and trash generated by the occupants of short-term rental properties. Homeowner John DeFalco of Galleon ... Read More »

Gas Prices, Angels and Parking

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net We’ve heard a lot about price of fuel recently. Last week I had to make an emergency trip to Ohio and the price of gas up there averaged $3.05 per gallon and a few places dipped down to $2.99. Don’t you wonder what happened down here? You don’t happen to think that the owners of the gas stations are trying to gouge the visitors to our community (and of course us as well) because they know they can get it? They know they have us over a barrel (a little pun there) if we want ... Read More »

Answering the Call

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com On Tuesday, Oct. 7, in honor of National Fire Prevention Week and in celebration of their 50th anniversary, the dedicated men and women of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department gave an interactive presentation at the Marco Island History Museum. The auditorium was filled with people eager to learn about the department’s past, present and future. Also, in the audience was Nick Macchiarolo, the 100th new-hire for the fire-rescue squad. Fire-Rescue Chief Mike Murphy opened the night by encouraging the audience to participate in each “show-and-tell” station demonstrating the different aspects of the department. The stations displayed ... Read More »

Golf Tournament Benefits Arts Center

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By Pat Newman A perfect canvas of blue skies and green fairways set the scene for Saturday’s golf tournament hosted by the Island Country Club and benefitting the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Sixty golfers participated in the second annual event, raising a generous amount to support classes, workshops, lectures, gallery exhibitions and special events at the center, according to Executive Director Hyla Crane. “When considering this event, I looked to see how art and golf connect. Artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Hendrick Avercamp, Sir Henry Raeburn, Childe Hassam, George Bellows, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol and the celebrated ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Patricia Sattan

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To the Editor: I would like to share with my fellow voters of Marco Island that I am extremely happy that Victor Rios, whom I have known for a long time, decided to run for City Council of Marco Island. It is great to have choices and my number one choice for Marco Island City Council is Victor Rios. Victor has always shown his willingness to help others. Neighbors and friends seek him out for advice and appreciate hisleadership and community service. As a retired teacher, I appreciate Victor’s strong financial and managerial skills and his ability to understand and explain issues that affect us all. He has attended MI City Council meetings, which better helps him understand what our city needs. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Victor Rios

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My name is Victor Rios, and I am a candidate for Marco Island City Council. This past weekend the Eye on Marco newsletter published falsehoods impuning me. This newsletter is written by the “8th member” of City Council (only 7 are elected), Bill McMullan, who is attempting to manipulate the residents of Marco Island.  Mr. McMullan claims that the Eye on Marco doesn’t endorse candidates, but of course he does everything just short of that. The facts are just the opposite of what Mr. McMullan stated.  3 days after announcing my candidacy he sent me an e-mail  telling me not to run.  He called me repeatedly and sent me emails asking ... Read More »

LOCAL TOP REAL ESTATE AGENT RETURNS TO RE/MAX

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Pat Wilkins signs on with RE/MAX Affinity Plus After a brief period with another franchise company, local top-­?producing real estate agent Pat Wilkins has returned to RE/MAX Affinity Plus in Marco Island, FL. Wilkins is one of the area’s most reputable agents having worked real estate in Marco Island and Naples since 1978. In 2009, 2010 and 2013 he was the top selling agent on Marco Island. “We’re thrilled to have Pat back with RE/MAX Affinity Plus as he exemplifies the professionalism and quality of RE/MAX agents that serve this community,” said Debra Meredith-­?Peters, Managing Broker of RE/MAX Affinity Plus, ... Read More »

Guadalupe Center announces save the date for Jan. 14 Fire & Ice signature fundraiser

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Elements of fire and ice will create a dynamic backdrop for the Guadalupe Center’s signature fundraiser Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. The annual event, themed “Fire & Ice: Igniting the Flame of Learning,” is chaired by Sandy Vasey and Linda Yost, longtime supporters of the Guadalupe Center. The event helps provide financial support for education, mentoring and social enrichment programs that provide more than 1,000 children in Immokalee with a better opportunity for a successful future. Fire & Ice will offer a night of live musical entertainment, a gourmet dinner and the opportunity to ... Read More »

Civitan Comes to Marco

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Submitted It would be hard to beat Marco Island when it comes to a community with big hearts, charitable giving and supporting those in need. Proof of this is the newly formed chapter of the Civitan Club of Marco Island. Civitan International is a service organization dedicated to serving the needs of the community with an emphasis on the developmentally disabled. A press release stated, “Its uniqueness is the Civitan International Research Center, which is dedicated to finding a cause, cure and better treatments for many brain disorders.” There are several types of memberships available: Active member, Project member, Support ... Read More »

50 Years of Marco Island Community Television

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MarcoIslandCommunityTelevision.Com is a popular internet-based television center. In celebrating 50 years of Marco Island, producer William Hughes has arranged many of the community television videos available on the site in an easy to follow historical order. From stories on the movers and shakers of Marco Island, such as Frank Mackle, Jack Parr, Gene Sarazen, Thelma Heath and Herb Savage, to videos of the 25th and the 40th Anniversary celebrations of the island, these videos will bring to life the early days of the island. Hughes, owner of Hughes Video Productions, provides these videos free of charge as a public service. ... Read More »

Happiness is a Marco Island Condo!

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By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.sandyelliottinteriors.com People come from all over the world to Marco Island to vacation, work or retire, and enjoy the beautiful crescent beach, water sports, fishing, golfing, shopping and, of course, the ever popular restaurants. A recent review of the Collier County Property Assessor’s website shows that islanders come from all 50 states with the majority coming from the Midwest and Northeast. Homeowners come from at least 15 foreign countries with Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom representing the biggest groups. About 15 percent of the island’s condos are occupied year round, and the rest ... Read More »

Artificial Reef Project Set to Begin

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The notoriously lengthy process of wading through government red-tape is now over. All of the permits are approved. In just 60 days, construction is set to begin on one of the world’s largest artificial reef projects. The six reefs — each the size of a football field — weigh in at around 500 tons each and are made up of six smaller pyramid-shaped reef modules. They will be deployed 12-30 miles off-shore from Marco Island, Naples and northern Collier County. “I’m really excited about this project. It’s been a passion of mine, and I never thought ... Read More »

Bedtime Bundles Closes

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The following notice was sent out regarding the closure of Bedtime Bedtimes, a popular local charity which was founded in 2006. The organization cites changes to the Title 1 Education Program as instrumental in their decision to cease operations. It considered closing once before when then Executive Director and Founder Karen Saeks chose to step down from her role. It wasn’t long before a group spearheaded by Dennis Pidherny offered to take over the reins of the organization. Last year, Bedtime Bundles delivered food and care bags to hundreds of migrant families at 6L Farms ... Read More »