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A Celebration of Achievements

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This year’s Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation’s Annual Luncheon and general meeting took place at the Island Country Club. Above all else, it was a “Celebration of Achievements.” Fire Rescue Foundation President Dianna Dohm led the luncheon program, which began with board member Mike Stapleton leading the packed house in the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Kyle Bennet gave a moving invocation, telling those in attendance that they were “breaking bread with heroes.” The program to follow served to illustrate just how true his statement was. The first order of business was to swear in the ... Read More »

Coming to Town!

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala In case you were wondering, Stein Mart, located in the new Tamiami Crossing Shopping Center at US 41E and Collier Boulevard, is working diligently toward an opening date of March 10th. They will be the first and only store opening at that time. The others are already slowly working on their inside construction, but don’t plan on opening until later – probably sometime in May after season. Stein Mart is now hiring. The inside looks great already, as they begin the interior completion such as shelves, mirrors, offices, checkout, and finally, stock. At that rapid pace, most ... Read More »

Avow Groundbreaking for New Building

Ceremonial shovel toss at Avow’s groundbreaking on January 11, 2016.  From left: Architect Phil Krieg, Facilities Manager Greg Dougherty, Board Member Kent McRae, Board Member Vip Grover, Founder Glenna Hayhoe, Board Chairman Chuck
Hoffman, Thelma Lyon, Dr. Diane Meier, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Paul Mitchell, Russell Lyon, Dr. Sean Morrison, President & CEO Jaysen Roa, Board Member Lee Pinto, Board Member
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Submitted Avow held a celebratory groundbreaking event for its newest building, The Lyon Palliative Care and Hospice Center, on the Avow campus in Naples. During the public ceremony Avow leadership and special guest speakers Diane Meier, MD, FACP and R. Sean Morrison, MD, co-directors of the Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center at Mount Sinai in New York, and Avow benefactress Thelma Lyon addressed the crowd and participated in a symbolic shovel toss. Avow’s newest building will serve as the new home for its palliative care and hospice clinical teams plus community bereavement. It will be located adjacent ... Read More »

Pending Condo Sales on Marco Island

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Last week 56 condos were listed as pending on Marco Island, down about 30% from the same period last year. These are condos with a signed contract between buyer and seller but have not yet closed. Closings follow about a month or two after a contract is signed. This drop in pending sales may be due to a combination of higher seller list prices, a softening of confidence in the global economy and a colder and wetter than normal January. Pending sales provide a good indication of what is currently happening in ... Read More »

Work Begins to Complete Collier County Freedom Memorial

Collier County came one step closer to completing the Collier County Freedom Memorial as representatives from GATES began work on the planned $2 million 9/11 memorial, which is housed at the Fred W. Coyle Freedom Park, 1515 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, Florida 34105. The granite, stone and water memorial as planned will be 13 feet tall and 40 feet wide, in the shape of the American flag anchored on a granite base in the shape of the United States. Plans for the Freedom Memorial began in 2004, when the Collier County Board of County Commissioners declared September as Freedom Month ... Read More »

Collier County Cities Ranked Among Best Performing for Job Creation and Retention

Naples, Immokalee and Marco Island have been ranked 15th on the Milken Institute’s Best Performing Cities Report. The area soared 45 spots from 60th in 2014. “Exceptional performance on job and recent wage growth fueled this rise up in the rankings. It ranks third for job gains in 2014, experiencing growth of 10 percent over the past five years,” according to the report. “The region also ranked second for wage increases on the one-year measure.” The nonpartisan economic think tank looks at job creation, wage gains and technology trends that shape current and potential patterns for growth as part of ... Read More »

Emerald Beach Celebrates 50 Years

The complex celebrates a golden anniversary this year.

Submitted Emerald Beach Condominium, Marco Island’s first residence, will celebrate its golden anniversary on Sunday, January 17th from 1- 4 PM. Emerald Beach entrenched in Marco Island history, developed by Florida’s Mackle brothers of the Deltona Corporation, who blended the island’s great natural beauty into a master plan for tropical living. Completed in May of 1966, this first condominium on the island was virtually sold out within a year. The seven-story condominium is located at 500 Saturn Court. Six of the eight apartments on each floor have an ocean view. When the Mackle brothers completed Emerald Beach, the island’s first ... Read More »

SWFL Children’s Charities pledges $5 million for new Golisano Children’s Hospital

To support the construction of a new, state-of-the-art children’s hospital in Southwest Florida, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has pledged $5 million to the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida Capital Campaign. In recognition of the pledge, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has earned a naming opportunity, and will dedicate the new Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in memory of Dr. Bob Arnall.   The SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has raised nearly $15 million over the past seven years, making it the most successful fundraising event in Lee County ... Read More »

Historic Site #10 Old Marco Inn 100 Palm Street, Marco Island

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Captain Bill Collier and his wife Maggie built the Marco Hotel on a 10-acre plot to house fishermen and visitors to the island. Construction of the hotel was completed by 1896 with 20 rooms, a parlor, a dining room and a two-story bathroom. It opened to the public advertising “Two dollars a day and bring your own vittles.” The Colliers allowed Frank Hamilton Cushing, leader of the Pepper-Hearst Expedition, to use the summer parlor to dry out ancient Indian artifacts uncovered in the muck near the hotel. By 1925, the rates had gone up to $30 a month in the ... Read More »

Attorney Patrick H. Neale Debuts Renovation Project Protection

Submitted Collier County attorney Patrick H. Neale announces Patrick Neale & Associates’ Home Renovation Project Protection service, which is designed to minimize unnecessary cost and risk associated with renovations to homes and condos. Delivered for a fixed fee of just $500, it includes: 1) Checking for valid contractor licenses; 2) Review of the renovation contract; and 3) Evaluation of building permits. As the attorney for the Collier County Contractor Licensing Board for 15 years, with extensive real estate law experience, Patrick Neale is especially qualified to provide this protective service to clients. According to Attorney Neale, “Issues with any of these ... Read More »

Weekly Rental Condos on the Beach

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Many people in the area like the idea of buying a weekly rental condo on the beach for their own enjoyment and to accommodate visiting family members. The rest of the year they rent the condo to offset the costs of ownership. Others, who have experienced the daunting task of finding a rental in season, decide to buy one instead, use it when they want, and then rent it out the rest of the year. Investors are another big group in this market segment. The island offers weekly, monthly and longer-term beach condo ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

Fiddler’s Creek announces four new inventory homes by D.R. Horton in the single-family village of Lagomar. A village of 42 residences, Lagomar is located in the Veneta section of Fiddler’s Creek, the luxury master-planned community located on Collier Boulevard on the way to Marco Island. With cul-de-sac and east, west, north and south exposure options, Lagomar is intertwined with scenic waterways providing tranquil lake views from three spacious floor plans. Residences feature covered lanais and optional pool and spa, and outdoor summer kitchen upgrades. In addition to pre-construction offerings, there are currently four inventory homes under construction with an expected ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Park (Joan Gerberding)

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To Whom It May Concern, As a fulltime resident of Marco Island, I must voice my opinion AGAINST the construction of a building in Veteran’s Park! I join thousands of other residents who are appalled at the idea of losing this park and putting up yet another building. At a recent city council meeting, a study showing that 80% of the Marco residents polled were AGAINST building at Veteran’s Park was tabled. How do you table a majority opinion? How do you ignore the wishes of 80% of Marco Island’s population? Marco Island attracts residents and visitors because it has ... Read More »

Calusa Island Marina – Goodland’s Good Neighbor

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GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net I have lived across the street from the Calusa Island Marina (the “Marina”) for the past 10 years. Despite the rumbling of forklifts and the beeping of back-up signals, I am content to be hemmed in by a navigable waterway on one side, and a boatyard on the other. Boats and boating have always been high on my list since I had my own wooden rowboat at age 12. I began my seafaring days in 1950. In 1950, the Marina was just a part of a largely undeveloped area on the southeastern end of ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

Fiddler’s Creek announced that construction is nearly complete on two new inventory homes in Marsh Cove, a gated village which will initially feature 112 single-family residences within the luxury master-planned community located on Collier Boulevard on the way to Marco Island. National homebuilder Ashton Woods is offering the inventory homes, which represent the Sevilla and Cantabria floor plans. Featuring Spanish Colonial-inspired architecture and expansive outdoor living areas, both homes offer stunning views of creeks and the Fiddler’s Creek championship golf course and are expected to be complete this summer. The Sevilla is a one-story residence offering 2,570 air-conditioned square feet and ... Read More »

Large Condo Complexes

South Seas Condominiums, Marco Island.

Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Twelve condo buildings or complexes on Marco Island each have more than 200 apartments. These are the Admiralty, Tradewinds, Shipps Landing, the four South Seas Towers, Stevens Landing, Gulfview, Riverside, South Seas East and Anglers Cove. These dozen account for more than 25% of all the condo apartments on Marco Island. This week there are 59 condos for sale in this group, which is only 2% of the 2,826 condos in these complexes. They make up 23% of all the condos for sale, so they are quite representative of the Marco Island condo market ... Read More »

The United Church of Marco Island Completes Renovations

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By Samantha Husted On May 1, 2015, the United Church of Marco Island (UCMI) began what would become a five-month long, total renovation of their building. The church, which is a little over 40 years old, was in dire need of a facelift. There were mold issues, drywall issues and roof and drainage repairs needed. Essentially, everything had to go. New pew bibles and hymnals were purchased, a new sound system was installed and almost everything was repainted and refurbished. What is perhaps the most interesting and intricate part of the church’s renovation plan was the disassembly and subsequent reassembly ... Read More »

AMIkids Big Cypress

AMIkids Big Cypress assisted the Naples Habitat for Humanity organization with framing a house. Our young men put their carpentry and general construction skills to the test. One of our young men used the nail gun to “strap down the truss”. This task allowed us to use the power tools to connect the truss to the outer wall. As you can see in this picture, getting the straps connected to both the truss and the outer wall can be quite tricky. Our young men were very creative when completing these tasks. This crew was working on the living and laundry rooms ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY CREATES NEW COMMISSIONER PORTRAIT GALLERY

The Collier Board of County Commissioners has completed the first phase of the creation of the Collier County Commissioners’ Portrait Gallery. Under the direction of the current commissioners, county staff had 15 of 59 former Collier County Commissioners portraits reprinted, reframed and rehung in the hallway adjacent to the Board of County Commissioners’ chambers, located on the third floor of the Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34112. The first phase of the project includes those commissioners who served from 1923 to 1953 and were elected at-large. A selection of historical events of the period, provided ... Read More »

Marriott’s Crystal Shores is Expanding

An aerial view of the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley While some other major construction projects have received much attention this year, the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco has quietly embarked on renovation and expansion that will more than triple its guest capacity. Work on the project began in January, and when it is completed in the spring of 2017, the beachfront, timeshare resort’s single tower will have been joined by two more, raising the total number of villas from 71 to 219. The new towers will each have a lobby and guest reception area, a porte cochere and a plaza level, along with new entry roads, ... Read More »