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Tamiami Trail: The Name Was Easy, The Rest… Not So Much

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Let’s get one thing out of the way right from the start. The Tamiami Trail is so named because it connects Miami and Tampa Bay. But the name was the easy part. The rest was a grueling process that spanned eleven years. On April 21st, Park Ranger Bob DeGross, Big Cypress National Preserve, Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs, gave a presentation at the Rose History Auditorium called “A Road Runs Through It”. In it, he chronicles the process of completing this enormous project. Key West was the largest city in Florida when the Tamiami Trail ... Read More »

Building the Community: Marco Island

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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 »

Healthy Kids Day Duck Derby Combo Pleases Participants and Marco Y

Judges and onlookers cheering on the ducks as the near the finish line.

By Don Manley The little yellow duckies showed no indication that onlookers’ cheers were going to affect their pace as they traveled the length of the Greater Marco Family YMCA pool. But that’s always the case with the plastic faux waterfowl that comprise the annual Dottie’s Duck Derby fundraiser, which benefits the Y’s aquatics program. This was the 20th anniversary of the derby, which was started by the event’s namesake, Dottie “Miss Dottie” Weiner. The Y’s pool and aquatic center, where the derby is held, are also named after the woman who started its “Learn to Swim” classes in 1972 ... Read More »

Significant Future Growth Planned for Collier County

Mark Strain, Collier County’s chief hearing examiner and chairman of the county’s Planning Commission.

By Don Manley Construction activity in Collier County has again become commonplace as the economy recovers from the most recent recession. One need look no further than the State Route 951 – U.S. 41 corridor near Marco Island for evidence of that fact. Donna Fiala, the Collier County commissioner whose district includes Marco and Mark Strain, the county’s chief hearing Examiner, discussed growth that is underway or planned for the near and distant future, at a presentation held recently at ciation of Realtors. “Collier County is built out or promised to be built out in some manner,” said Strain. However, ... Read More »

Coastal Comments

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Have you been wondering what those piles of dirt are just south of the Dunkin’ Donuts on 951/41? We have too, so I called the County Growth Management Division, who had to do a little research. Staff advised that the lot was cleared under an approved Site Development Plan when the lot was part of the Shoppes of Eagle Creek. Since then the vegetation had re-grown on the lot and the parcel had been removed from the Shoppes of Eagle Creek. The Property Owner had the lot cleared again, both of which constitute a violation. The ... Read More »

FDOT Hearing on the US 41 at Lely Resort Intersection

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Submitted The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting a public hearing about safety improvements to the US 41 at Lely Resort Boulevard intersection. The proposed improvements include: The improvement includes modification of the full median opening to a dual directional opening. Currently all movements are allowed at the median opening. With this change, left turns out of Gridley Medical Building/Equestrian Professional Center and Lely Resort Boulevard will be restricted to improve safety at the intersection. Drivers will continue to be able to make left turns from US 41. Temporary median modification anticipated in summer 2015, with final construction tentatively set ... Read More »

GOV. SCOTT: TAMIAMI TRAIL PROJECT WILL HELP MOVE WATER SOUTH

~DEP Issues Permit for Construction of Important Everglades Project~ Governor Scott today announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently issued a permit to the Department of Interior’s National Park Service, Everglades National Park, for the construction of 2.6 miles of bridging and road raising along the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) in Miami-Dade County. The project will deconstruct a section of the Tamiami Trail and replace it with a bridge so that water north of the road may flow into the Everglades, providing needed water to the Everglades National Park. This project will result in enhanced movement of water ... Read More »

Breaking Ground for Youth

Children from the Greater Marco Family Y’s preschool help the adults with the ceremonial turning of earth.

By Don Manley Cindy Love was almost at a loss for words when contemplating the fact construction is about to begin on the Greater Marco Family YMCA new $1.2 million youth development center. “I’m so excited and thrilled, I’m fighting back tears,” said Love, the Marco Y’s CEO, at the recent groundbreaking ceremony for the 5,750 squarefoot center that is slated to be open by Sept. 1. “I’m very, very excited. I’m excited for the whole community and for our kids especially,” Love added. “I’m just excited to be able to make a dream come true.” The new facility will ... Read More »

951/41 Road Construction Ahead of Schedule

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Although there are three road construction projects all taking place at the same time in the vicinity of 951/41 intersection, the traffic is running smoothly again. There have been huge lines of cars coming off Marco Island from around 3pm to about 6pm during the week, plus some night lighting problems, but those issues have both been resolved to a great degree. The County’s DOT project – the actual intersection being completely transformed into a footprint for a future overpass, has been a major construction project. They are actually about 6 months ahead of schedule and ... Read More »

Marco Island City Council

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By Pat Newman There were plenty of waves Tuesday night at Marco Island’s City Council meeting when the resolution to approve a temporary use permit for construction staging at Rose Marina came up for discussion. Ultimately, the 50-year old family-owned marina, was approved for using lots zoned “residential” for boat storage while constructing a new storage facility in a vote of 4-3. The lots are owned by Rose Marina, but Magnolia Court area homeowners argued that deed restrictions imposed by the Mackle Brothers, Marco’s original developers, and currently MICA (Marco Island Civic Association) allows only single family residential homes on ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Flower Show

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Submitted The Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island held its monthly meeting Monday, February 9th. Following the design workshop three new members were inducted into the club by 2nd V.P. Connie Lowery and President Dale DeFeo. The inductees are Janice Engel, Diane Hughes, and Marilyn Torgow. Almost fifty members were present to enjoy the program given by designer Kathleen Hawryluk of Naples. Kathleen demonstrated how to create multi-rhythm and construction designs. All eyes were glued on her every movement of working with the plant materials. It is amazing how one minute the material is laying on a table and the ... Read More »

Amsterdam, How It’s Changed

The Stedelijk Museum with its new addition. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEDELIJK MUSEUM

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber I first visited Amsterdam in the 70s; my husband and I were last there in the 80s. On that trip, after a week in the city, we traveled on to Brussels. We were amused when a guide who took us to visit Waterloo and some of the countryside chateaus of Belgium referred to Amsterdam as a “doomed city.” On a recent visit there, I’m pleased to report that it is not doomed. It is a vibrant, diverse city, known for its tolerance, picturesque canals, and outstanding art collections. After a recent government sponsored overhaul and renovations ... Read More »

How to Choose a Home Builder

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The National Association of Home Builders provides a three-point checklist for choosing a home builder. Make a List of Possible Builders: This can be done a number of ways. First, contact your local home builders’ association to obtain a list of builders who construct homes in your area. You can find your local HBA at nahb.org/findanhba. Second, look in the real estate section of your local newspaper for builders and projects. Looking through the ads and reading the articles can help you to learn which builders are active in your area, the types of homes they are building and the ... Read More »

Florida’s Construction Lien Law: Protect Yourself and Your Investment

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff When it comes to building your own home, there are a number of lessor known — but vitally important — precautions that property owners must take to protect themselves, their properties and their bank accounts. According to Florida law (Florida Statute 713, Part 1), those who work on a property or provide materials, and are not paid-in-full, have a right to enforce their claim for payment against said property. Further, if a contractor fails to pay subcontractors or material suppliers, the people who are owed money may look to the property owner for payment, even if ... Read More »

Building Marco with APM Custom Homes

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Drive around Marco Island for five minutes, and it’s likely you will pass a structure built by APM Custom Homes, a locally-based residential and commercial development and construction company. Currently, there are more than 100 custom homes and a number of familiar commercial and retail buildings, such as the Schilling Professional Building, Sanitasole Health and Wellness Center and Mango’s Dockside Bistro (formerly Guy Harvey Island Grill), to APM’s credit. Builder Todd E. Schneider began leaving his mark on Marco in 2000 when he built his own house for speculation. “I saw that builders were selling ... Read More »

Smith Homes & Remodeling Services Inc.

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By Pat Newman Carey Smith began his business as a handyman on Marco Island in the 1990s. “I always had a passion for building, remodeling and fixing things,” he said. “As I got busier, took on more involved work, and needed to apply for permits, I decided to go back to school and learn about the legalities of the trade.” Fast forward about 30 years, add in some hard work, and you have Smith Homes and Remodeling Services Inc., serving Marco Island and Naples. The business’ motto is “You get the best for less.” Smith considers himself to be honest, ... Read More »

KWC: Building Homes on Relationships

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Every home – and business – must be built on a solid foundation. For Kevin Williams Construction, Inc (KWC) that foundation is relationships. The Marco Island-based custom home builder has spent the last 30 years carefully constructing his business on a foundation of strong relationships with family, clients and subcontractors. It is owned and operated by the father-son team of Kevin and Ryan Williams. Both of whom are Certified Building Contractors by the State of Florida. The KWC story begins with Kevin putting himself through college working as a carpenter on Cape Cod, MA. He ... Read More »

Newest Collection of Homes Unveiled at The Isles of Collier Preserve

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Submitted Minto Communities unveiled four new luxury villa models at The Isles of Collier Preserve with a grand opening event on Saturday, Feb. 7. More than 500 guests toured Minto’s new villa models — the Fresia, Petunia, Mimosa and Dahlia — as well as three furnished coach home models and four furnished single-family models. Hundreds of visitors also took guided electric boat tours of the Cypress Waterway, nature trail tours, and tours of the award-winning, 7,330-square-foot Discovery Sales Center with its recreated natural cypress wetland. The new one-story villas range in size from 1,565 square feet to 1,862 square feet ... Read More »

City Docket: Owls, Attorneys, Rentals and the Bridge

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com While not officially on the Marco Island City Council’s agenda for its Monday, Feb. 2 regular meeting, the $15 million Rose Marina redevelopment project took center stage. Council is slated to discuss the project at its regular Feb. 17 meeting. At issue were continued citizen concerns about the temporary use permits being applied for by Rose Marina that would allow it to use three sites for boat storage, construction staging and temporary parking during the 6-12 month project. The problem: The site designated for the temporary boat storage is located on four residentially-zoned vacant lots ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Our Annual Town Hall Gathering with Commissioner Donna Fiala and a host of others will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 5:30 PM, at the Marco Island Historical Society’s Rose Hall Auditorium. The museum has been kind enough to host these events ever since they opened, and we are so grateful. It’s a great place to hold a community “get together.” Along with Donna, you will meet County Manager Leo Ochs, who will give an overview of the county. Nick Casalanguida, the administrator for the County’s Growth Management Division, will update you on the construction taking place ... Read More »