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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 »

The Question of a Public-Private Partnership

Bob Olson addresses the Marco Island City Council during the June 21st  reading of the Marriott’s PUD amendment. Olson spoke frequently against the Marriott PUD amendment in the months leading up to its final approval on June 16. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com During its June 16 regular meeting, the Marco Island City Council put to rest the debate over the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation project, approving the PUD amendments by a vote of 6-1. Even so, new questions rose about the Marriott’s offer to give the city $1 million to expedite the renovation of the Smokehouse Bay Bridge. Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff made the offer during the project first appearance before City Council on June 2. The $1 million contribution to will cut the construction schedule by eight months, eliminate any potential ... Read More »

Who is Quality Enterprises USA?

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Smokehouse Bay Bridge is not the first project Naples-based Quality Enterprises USA Inc. has contracted to do for the city of Marco Island. “Quality Enterprises USA has been working on contracts and projects for the city since 2002,” says Public Works Director Tim Pinter. “QE has always provided the city with an excellent work product. They have worked with us to overcome several large unforeseen situations with the numerous projects they have completed. They have always been more than professional in their dealings with the city.” In fact, Quality Enterprises was responsible for the construction of Marco Island Utilities’ high-service ... 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 »

Fiddler’s Announces Emerson

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Fiddler’s Creek announces that construction is starting on the Emerson luxury home at Chiasso, a village of 59 single-family residences located within the luxury, master-planned community. The Emerson is a two-story floor plan, encompassing 3,522 air-conditioned square feet and 4,666 total square feet. The home has three bedrooms, three full baths and one half bath, plus a second floor loft with morning bar that could be utilized for a home entertainment theater. Located just off Collier Boulevard between Naples and Marco Island, Fiddler’s Creek is an award-winning community. For membership details and more information on this gated golf course community in Naples, offering ... Read More »

Naples Botanical Garden Closure

Naples Botanical Garden will be closed Monday, June 2 to Thursday, October 23 2014 as we complete construction on the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center. During this time, large scale projects such as the completion of the center and three new gardens, the LaGrippe Orchid Garden, the Charismatic Garden and Kathryn’s Garden will be completed. Guests may obtain up to date construction information via the Garden’s website, www.naplesgarden.org, including project timelines, photographs and videos. For more information on Naples Botanical Garden, please contact Kara Laufer at 239-325-1910 or KLaufer@naplesgarden.org Read More »

DEP Issues Permit for Herbert Hooker Dike Repair

On Friday, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Ecosystem Projects issued a consolidated Environmental Resource Permit, or ERP, to the United States Army Corps of Engineers for the Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) Repair and Rehabilitation Project (R&R Project). The permit authorizes construction and replacement of Culverts 2, 12A and HP-2 with new water control structures S-278 (C-2), S-274 (C-12A) and S-287 (C-HP-2). The department estimates this proactive comprehensive approach will save over 1,000 work hours, more than $40,000 in tax payers money and will result in a significant reduction in time needed for future permit authorizations. The HHD R&R Project ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island Chamber of Commerce

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Dear Chamber Members, Our Planning Board approved and, by a 6-1 vote, sent the proposed Marriott expansion to the City Council for action.  The proposal has changed in two major respects:  the height of the new tower would be 111 feet, rather than 125 feet; and the number of parking spaces has been set at over 1200, with discretion given to the city manager to increase the number if necessary. There are other stringent limitations on the Marriott, including setbacks, vegetation, drainage, hours of construction and severe penalties for violations. Once again, Marriott General Manager, Rick Medwedeff, has asked for assistance from the business ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island Civic Association

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Dear Councilman: The Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) was established over 40 years ago and is one of the oldest and largest associations. Our charter provides that the general purpose is to promote and advance the principles of civic improvement and betterment on Marco Island. Subsequently, the Deltona Corporation delegated enforcement of its Deed Restrictions to MICA to maintain the Mackle Brothers’ vision for development of Marco Island. That vision was to develop a community of residential properties supported by businesses to meet the needs of the community. Tourism would play a role in the development of the island supported ... Read More »

April City Council: BCC, Community Affairs and Bike Routes

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The big news out of the April 21 Marco Island City Council meeting was the approval of the ballot language for the August referendum on replacing the nearly 30-year-old Mackle Park Community Center. Councilors voted 5-2 to approve the following: “Shall the city expend up to $3.5 million to construct a new community center up to 16,000 square feet at Mackle Park?” That language now is on its way to the office of Collier County Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards to be added the August primary election ballot. It was a clear victory for the ... Read More »

Fiddler’s offers Victoria Model

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Fiddler’s Creek announces that construction has begun on the new Victoria model at Millbrook, a Mediterranean-style village of 56 single-family homes nestled among meandering waterways. Offered by Lennar Homes, the Victoria is a one-story residence providing 1,850 air-conditioned square feet and 2,709 total square feet. For membership details and more information on this gated golf course community in Naples, offering move-in-ready and new homes call 239-732-9300, stop by the Fiddler’s Creek Information Center at 8152 Fiddler’s Creek Parkway or visit at http://www.fiddlerscreek.com. Read More »

Conservancy Marks 50th Anniversary

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida announces the opening of the new Eva Sugden Gomez Environmental Planning Center and Sustainability Courtyard, the new headquarters for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The event marks the completion of the final phase of construction and $20 million renovation of six new buildings at the Conservancy Nature Center. Each building was designed to meet and exceed LEED certification standards, transforming the 21-acre campus into the premier Nature Center in the southeastern U.S. The public is invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida during an Earth Day festival from 10 a.m. to ... Read More »

Somerset Model at Fiddler’s Creek

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Fiddler’s Creek announces that construction is starting on the brand new Somerset model at Chiasso, a village of 59 classical Mediterranean-style single-family homes in the luxury, master-planned community. Offered by D.R. Horton, the Somerset is a two-story residence offering 3,461 air-conditioned square feet and 4,297 total square feet. The home features a desirable split floor plan with the luxuriously appointed master bedroom, master bath, and a powder bath on the ground floor and three guest bedrooms and three additional full baths located on the second floor. The second floor of the Somerset also offers an entertainment/game room with a sizable amount of storage ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Another veteran has passed on to a better place. He was our own Walter Tucker — whom I considered one of my very special friends. Sadly, I didn’t know of his funeral until after it had taken place, as I was in Tallahassee when the obit was in the paper, or at least I assume it was in the paper. Walter was one of the few survivors left from Pearl Harbor. Even in his 90s, he never forgot a thing. He was always willing to offer a helping hand to his friends, and was as feisty as ... Read More »

Touring The Isles of Collier Preserve

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com On a blustery and sunny March day, Collier County District 1 Commissioner Donna Fiala hosted a special constituent tour of East Naples’ newest eco-friendly resort-style community — The Isles of Collier Preserve. Spearheaded by Minto Communities Florida, the 2,300-acre development boasts some 1,649 home sites, which include coach homes, paired homes and single-family residences ranging in size from 1,600-3,900 square feet. The piece de resistance of the outdoor living community, though, is the 1,300 acres Minto set aside to remain undeveloped. This protected land encompasses lakes, preserves and natural habitat with miles of hiking, biking ... Read More »

Laying Foundations at AMI Kids-Big Cypress

The students mix the mortar for the wall.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The adage “teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime” is alive and well at AMI Kids-Big Cypress, and Director of Education Dr. Derek Tolley is leading the way. Tolley has created a new vocational training program for AMI Kids’ students that includes certification in construction safety, masonry and electrical trades. This program follows the success of the non-profit organization’s culinary arts certification program in food safety, handling and kitchen management, says Ron Boyce, executive director of AMI Kids-Big Cypress. “A lot of our kids have left and have been able ... Read More »

Planning Board Approves Marriott Expansion Project

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By Noelle H. Lowery It took three hours and a number of conditions and alterations but the city of Marco Island Planning Board finally approved the long-debated expansion plans for the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort & Spa during its April 4 meeting. The revised plan passed by a vote of 6-1 with Dr. Bill Trotter as the lone dissenter. The plan now heads to City Council for review and final approval, most likely for the April 21 agenda. “I’m ecstatic,” says Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff. “We are truly excited that we a 6-1 vote. It is a strong ... Read More »

Research Reserve Gets “Green” Grant

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve announced today that the National Estuarine Research Reserve System has awarded more than $613,000 for construction, retrofitting and renovations at the GTM Research Reserve and the Princess Place Preserve in Flagler County. The project, which begins in September, includes cabins for visiting investigators and public use, museum upgrades and an Americans with Disabilities Act compatible nature trail. On-site overnight facilities will allow for immediate access to the estuarine system and support the establishment of additional nearby long-term research projects. Research at this site will also provide many learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, ... Read More »

Eleanor Taft wins CBIA President’s Award

Attorney Eleanor W. “Ellie” Taft of the law firm Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. was awarded the 2013 Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) President’s Award for Service at a recent ceremony. Ms. Taft, a two-decade-veteran of real estate and commercial law, is committed to the building and construction industry, volunteering her time as a Director for the CBIA. CBIA is a not-for-profit professional association of dedicated industry professionals who are inspired to make a difference in the community through advocacy, education, networking and philanthropy. This President’s Award is presented by the President of CBIA to an individual who, throughout the ... Read More »