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Attorney Launches Web Site as Community Resource

By Coastal Breeze Staff Collier County attorney Patrick H. Neale announces Patrick Neale & Associates’ new web site, which was designed to provide reliable legal information to the community. The www.patrickneale.com web site features links to trusted resources that include government, Florida Bar, non-profit organizations, professional organizations and chambers of commerce, as well as a blog on timely topics. According to Attorney Neale, “There is a lot of misleading information on the internet about legal issues. We have compiled links to internet resources that we know to be reliable so that people can make informed decisions.” Patrick Neale & Associates, ... Read More »

Capri Fire Department Dog Rescue

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Submitted On June 15th, construction workers noticed a dog in a canal and notified the Isles of Capri Fire Rescue. Firefighters responded on Engine 90 to the location. Upon arrival Lieutenant Jorge Lara, Firefighter Chris Mercier and Collier County Firefighter Paramedic Beau Nix quickly located the dog about 75 feet out in the canal. Arthur, a 15 year old English Sheep dog, was struggling in the water and unable to get back over the sea wall. With equipment in hand, firefighters secured Lieutenant Lara to a life line. With lifeline and rescue fins, Lieutenant Lara quickly entered the water and ... Read More »

Governor Vetoes Veterans Community Service Center

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff A lobbyist hired by the City of Marco Island last year has been hard at work seeking funding for various projects earmarked by the city. Among the projects on the list was a new multi-purpose building at Veterans Park dubbed the Veterans Community Service Center. “Unfortunately, we learned that despite our successful efforts to encourage the Collier County Delegation to the State of Florida the legislature to include $2.5 million to match city funding for the veterans community park service center in the state budget submitted to the governor – and the legislature supported and included ... Read More »

What is an architect?

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ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA So you may be asking yourself; “What is an Architect?” “What do they do?”, “Do I need one for my project?” Let me start by providing some background on what an Architect is and the services they provide. Architects have been with us for a very long time. The role of the Architect traditionally has been to act as the creator or designer of ideas for all kinds of buildings, structures, dwellings, bridges and even entire cities and towns. In today’s modern world the Architect’s role has become much more diverse and encompasses a ... Read More »

Remaking the Marriott

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By Don Manley Everything is on target with the $250 million expansion and improvement project at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa. Among the multi-phase project’s enhancements are expanded meeting space, additional guest rooms, a new exhibit hall, a revamped roster of restaurants and more. “It’s going great,” Rick Medwedeff, the Marriott’s general manager said of the project. “We are moving right on schedule. We have a substantial number of construction workers here working to get this project done. We have a lot to accomplish during the 90 day window. What we’re very excited about is, ... Read More »

ROAD ALERT

This ROAD ALERT was prepared by the Collier County Growth Management Division to inform the community about scheduled road construction and road maintenance projects along major roadways in Collier County where lane closures are planned or traffic flow may be affected. COLLIER COUNTY CONSTRUCTION/MAINTENANCE PROJECTS: Airport-Pulling Road between U.S. 41 East and Cougar Drive – On Airport-Pulling Road between U.S. 41 East and Cougar Drive expect southbound and northbound intermittent lane closures for approximately one month from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, as crews continue landscape maintenance in the medians. Lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and barricades are being used to ... Read More »

COMMISSIONER HILLER DISCUSSES POSSIBLE FRAUD AGAINST THE COUNTY

As you know, the Clerk of Courts is responsible for the county’s Accounts Payable function and to that end, his staff is required to pre-audit all invoices to ensure that the Clerk does not approve and pay an illegal expenditure.  The Clerk is prohibited by statute from making improper payments.  Upon the Clerk’s determination that the invoice to be paid is legal, the Clerk is required by county ordinance to present the invoice to the Board of County Commissioners for approval.  Once the Board grants such approval by vote, the Clerk has the authority to proceed with the actual payment ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

‘Fiddler’s Creek has announced the start of construction on single-family residences within Lagomar, a new village of 42 home sites located within the luxury, master-planned community. Offered by D.R. Horton, Lagomar is adjacent to the home builder’s other village of Chiasso and is intertwined with pristine lakes and waterways. Lagomar will feature three spacious floor plans, ranging from 2,583 air-conditioned square feet to 3,246 air-conditioned square feet. The Hawthorne will provide 2,583 air-conditioned square feet and emphasize southern style Florida living. This home will feature three bedrooms and a den, three full baths, and a great room styled plan with a ... Read More »

Collier Boulevard Speed Limit Reduction Posted

Speed limit signs are now posted on Collier Boulevard (from just south of Green Boulevard to Pine Ridge Road/White Boulevard) reducing the speed limit to 35 mph during construction. Electronic message signs advising of the speed limit change are assisting with notifying the traveling public of this temporary speed limit reduction. The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved the speed limit change at its April 28 meeting in order to enhance the safety of the traveling public and the construction workers during the needed improvements project. The project, which began a few months ago, will six-lane a two-mile section of ... Read More »

Marco in Bloom Winners Announced

Bill Filbin (left at podium) and Bill Poteet introduce RPAC award recipients of the $99 Club. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The annual Marco in Bloom contest came to a close, as winners received their certificates at the city council meeting on May 18. This year saw a record number of entries for the contest, which recognizes those who go above and beyond for their landscaping efforts. It is not just a beauty contest, although beauty is a major component. It also uses a criteria based on the use of Florida-friendly components, which helps save water and blends in with our natural environment. Donna Kay headed up this year’s contest, which is part of the City’s Beautification ... Read More »

The George DeMarco Foundation Celebrates 10 years and $100,000

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The George DeMarco Foundation celebrates over ten years and $100,000 in donations. Initially created to provide proceeds as charitable contributions with a principal focus on the needs of construction academies, the Foundation has expanded to include other endeavors benefiting the children in Collier County. The Foundation has committed over a decade to improving the lives of the young people in Collier County through hosting golf tournaments, Key West vacation raffles, and poker tournaments. With the leadership of a strong board, the Foundation has placed money with ABLE Academy, Step By Step and the construction academies at Lely High School, Palmetto ... Read More »

Jewelry Feng Shui

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I would like to start out by saying “Thank you” to many of you who enjoyed my last column. The response was monumental; it included phone calls, e-mails and personal appearances. Not to mention a great deal of business. I was happy to provide a way to turn ugly jewelry into new jewelry, and even provide enough cash for one couple to embark on that dream vacation they always wanted. The most memorable was the pair of diamond earrings a customer acquired from trading in a handful of old gold neck chains. Mary told me ... Read More »

“The Washboard” to Continue to Plague Motorists For Foreseeable Future

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By Don Manley Drivers who have traveled State Route-County Route 951 near the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge are no doubt familiar with “the washboard.” It’s that section of roadway, not from the bridge, that appears to be smooth to the eye. But the reaction of a vehicle’s tires and suspension quickly makes clear to motorists that appearances are deceptive when traveling that section of roadway. The tale-tale sign is an undulating feeling caused by virtually imperceptible waves in the pavement. The condition is especially noticeable at night, when headlights can be seen wavering up and down in the darkness. Unfortunately, ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY IS LOOKING FOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The Collier County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees. They are: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee currently has three vacancies: one representing Labor Actively Engaged in Home Building (term expires Oct. 1, 2015), one representing For-Profit Provider of Affordable Housing (term expires Oct. 1, 2015), and one representing Advocate for Low Income Persons (term expires Oct. 1, 2017). This committee was created to monitor the implementation of the Affordable Housing Task Force’s recommendations, and the goals, objectives, and policies of the housing elements of the County’s Growth Management Plan and the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The committee also determines ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

Fiddler’s Creek announced that a newly furnished Madison model home and three additional inventory homes are now available for purchase at Chiasso, a village of 59 single-family residences located within the luxury, master-planned community. Offered by D.R. Horton, Chiasso is in the beautiful Veneta section of Fiddler’s Creek and is a sanctuary of peace and the pinnacle of luxury living. The village is intertwined with waterways and features five spacious floor plans, ranging from 2,583 to 3,522 air-conditioned square feet, most featuring stunning lake views. The Madison is a one-story, move-in ready home offering 3,246 air-conditioned square feet. This lakefront residence ... Read More »

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

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 »

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 »