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The Specactular Grand Opening of Villa at Terracina Grand

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Kim Campbell, Wife of Glen Campbell, Guest Speaker for Opening Submitted Villa at Terracina Grand, an innovative, state-of-the-art experiential memory care community, developed and managed by The Goodman Group, celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday, April 29 in a truly grand fashion. Naples Major John Sorey, Collier County District One Commissioner Donna Fiala and Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce CEO John Cox were on hand to help John Goodman, Chairman of The Goodman Group, cut the ribbon and open the doors to an truly innovative new approach to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Situated on the campus of Terracina Grand at 6825 ... Read More »

Collier County to Honor First Responders Who Resuscitated Patients from Cardiac Arrest

Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department will hold a special ceremony for emergency response personnel who responded to and contributed to the successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim. The Phoenix Awards ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, at the Emergency Services Center, 8075 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, Florida 34113. Named after the mythological bird that died and rose renewed from the ashes, the Phoenix Award is given to first responders who brought back to life, through their highly trained efforts, patients who were clinically dead, with no heartbeat or breathing. More than 70 emergency response personnel from ... Read More »

Collier Tourism Industry Off to a Roaring Start

First Quarter Results Presented at Industry Briefing Event Prior to Southwest Florida Travel Rally Celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week  Florida’s Paradise Coast – Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades – saw big increases in tourism visitation and spending during first quarter 2015.These numbers continue the trend of strong growth in visitation, economic impact to Collier County and tourism-related employment seen in 2014. Total economic impact from visitors in first quarter 2015 (January through March) was $730,429,100, an 11.7% increase over first quarter 2014. Total visitation was 621,000, a 4.8% jump. Occupancy hit 89.7%, a 1.5% rise over 2014’s peak ... Read More »

Let the Countdown Begin: Naples Readies for ButterBurgers and Fresh Frozen Custard

The Naples community prepares to welcome a new Culver’s® restaurant as construction Began on May 5th, 2015 with the official groundbreaking ceremony.  Craig Culver, co-founder and CEO, of the restaurant chain, and local owner Mike Busalacchi and Vinnie Busalacchi will be, along with Brian Key opperating partner, on hand to break ground for the new restaurant located at 5102 Tamiami Trail East.  The new restaurant will employ 70 part and full-time team members when it opens in late summer. “We’re thrilled to bring handcrafted, high-quality meals and desserts to the community of Naples,” says Busalacchi. “We think it’s a wonderful ... Read More »

An Orchid Double Hitter

Tom Coffey showing Vanda. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Come one, come all! The orchid-loving public is invited to attend this rare “Orchid Double-Hitter” on May 21, 2015 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 for the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s “Third Thursday” Member Event. Attendance is free. The evening begins at 6:30 PM with a sale of rare and exotic orchids flown in from Hawaii just for the event. “I’ll be there when the doors open,” said Carmina Rodriguez Villa, a Naples orchid collector and member of the Alliance. “This is an opportunity to find unusual orchids, so I’ll go early to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Fireworks

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Dear Business Owners and Island Residents, As a community, we are moving forward with plans for the 2015 Independence Day Celebration on Marco Island to take place on Saturday, July 4, 2015. The purpose of this letter is to ask for your help in sustaining the level and quality of this year’s fireworks display, which is such an important part of our American cultural tradition. The Marco Island City Council contributes $21,000 in funding (one half of the total cost) for this very important community event.  The remainder of the funds must be raised from business and resident donations.  I am asking you ... Read More »

IBERIABANK JOINS ‘TEACH CHILDREN TO SAVE’ CAMPAIGN

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IBERIABANK, the 128-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, is pleased to announce a partnership with area schools to celebrate national “Teach Children to Save Day” with savings education on April 24. Through this program, which is sponsored by American Bankers Association (ABA), over 200 IBERIABANK associates will reach more than 3,800 children throughout five states.  Local youth will be taught to identify the difference between needs and wants, learn how to identify expenses, trade-offs, ways to cut spending and how to save for the future.   Here locally, bankers from IBERIABANK taught classes at Orangewood Elementary in Fort Myers, Poinciana Elementary School in Naples ... Read More »

One World One Hope A Celebration of Life

PHOTOS BY FRANK STEIGER, VAL SIMON AND JESSICA SIMON

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On April 18, 2015, Mackle Park became the site for a celebration of life. “One World One Hope”, the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Marco Island, presented by Robert J. Flugger, embraced the community by celebrating cancer survivors, remembering loved ones lost, and empowering everyone to fight back against this disease. The opening ceremony began with the color guard presented by the Knights of Columbus, followed by the national anthem sung by cancer survivor, Marva Sutt. Event chair Jamie Bergen and presenting sponsor Robert J. Flugger rallied the crowd with enthusiasm while the ... Read More »

Building the Community: Marco Island

The Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge as it was being constructed in 1969. SUBMITTED photoS

By Don Manley Marv Needles is one of a relatively small group of people who can recall a Marco Island much different from the modern, bustling resort community of today. Marco’s full-time population now stands at about 16,000, with the number of residents almost tripling during the winter tourist season. The population stood at about 750 when he arrived in 1969, said Needles, the owner/broker of the business he started here, ERA Flagship Real Estate. “Most of them were construction workers, a huge number of construction workers,” said Needles. “It was definitely a blue-collar environment. There were a few of ... Read More »

Rotary Spirit Award Winners Feted at Festive Event

Neil and Rebecca Snyder, with Bruce Graev, center.

By Don Manley Exemplary commitment to public service was recognized and celebrated in an elegant fashion at the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island’s annual Gala Awards Dinner and Silent Auction. Now in its seventh year, the festive event honors recipients of the club’s Spirit of Marco Island Award, which is presented to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated an unwavering dedication to benefitting the community through donating their time and talents, as well their financial support. Honored this year were George Abounader and his wife Cindy Love-Abounader, Douglas and Grace Herr, Condee Cooling and Electric, Carole Roberts and attorneys ... Read More »

MIFRD: Grassroots Commitment via Pancakes and Students

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Recently, the bays of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department were filled with members of the community enjoying a morning breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage. Neighbors, family and friends gathered to chat alongside our fire/rescue personnel. The City Manager, the Fire Chief, several members of the Marco Island Police Department and a few City Councilmen were there, as well. While several took the opportunity to tour the facility and kick the tires on fire trucks, members of the Fire Rescue Foundation manned their stations cooking, serving, pouring coffee and making sure everyone was happy. ... Read More »

Judge Jessica Presides in Teen Court

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Jessica Hernstadt was excited to move to Marco Island when her husband, Roger, accepted a position with the City. After all, Marco Island is not only set in an idyllic location, it offers a sense of community and is known for having great schools and being a nice place to raise a family. It’s the perfect setting for the parents of a teenage son. As an attorney by profession, Jessica still works with a number of private clients throughout Florida. She works in probate, wills, trust and real estate. However, like many who move to ... Read More »

Surge Plays Mexisoccer Naples

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Submitted The two Marco Island based youth soccer clubs, SURGE and the Optimist Club, squared off in the local Mexisoccer Naples soccer league at East Naples Park on Friday. The U9 SURGE team beat the Optimist handily 5-2. With the win, the U9 SURGE proceed to the playoffs against Holanda on Friday. The championship is played on Saturday night. The U7 game between the #2 seed SURGE and #3 seed Optimist teams was a gripping match. Tied at 2-2 in regular time, the game went into overtime, and was finally decided in extra penalty kicks when 5 year old Luke Trebilcock banged ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Installation & Awards Banquet

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently held its installation and awards banquet at Hideaway Beach Club. The evening was a celebration installing Debra Shanahan as President and recognizing those contributing to the Club’s accomplishments under President Eugenio Cardenas. Incoming Rotary District Governor Pete Doragh installed President Shanahan along with her incoming board and officers consisting of President Elect Neil Snyder, President Elect nominee Erik Condee, Secretary Wanda Day, Treasurer Erik Condee, Assistant Treasurer Tom Wagor, Directors Kathleen Beaufait, Bill Morris, Stan Niemczyk, Dick Shanahan, Bob Thomas and Stuart Unsworth. Before looking to the future of the new ... Read More »

Terracina Grand to Introduce the Montessori Method for Memory Care

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By Randall Kenneth Jones When The Goodman Group—the development and management company for East Naples’ Terracina Grand—officially opens the doors of its latest project on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, their sights are set on literally creating a day to remember. Their brand new, two-story building—Villa at Terracina Grand—will feature 55 apartments for 60 residents specifically in need of memory care. This includes all stages of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. What’s more, this grand opening gives the healthcare community much to celebrate. The state-of-the-art memory-care facility will focus much of its resident care on renowned psychologist Dr. Cameron Camp’s revolutionary teaching method, an approach traditionally used to maximize ... Read More »

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 »