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


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

View of the Somerset. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott 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 »

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Park (Joan Gerberding)


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

At the Calusa Island Marina, a 25,000 pound forklift approaches launching area. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn 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 »

Large Condo Complexes

South Seas Condominiums, Marco Island.

Gary & Sandy Elliott 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


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 »

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 »

Historic Site #4: Tin City 1200 Fifth Avenue South


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Around the time that Naples was founded in 1886, the waterfront area was attracting wealthy tourists and investors. In the 1920’s economic activity was centered around the tin-roofed buildings, as this part of the Gordon River became the heart of Naples’ fishing industry, including clam shelling, oyster processing, boat construction and maintenance. In the 1970’s seven of Tin City’s old buildings were transformed to become “The Old Marine Marketplace” with a mixture of shops and restaurants. Today, Tin City holds its historic old Florida charm and is home to over 30 unique shops, waterfront restaurants ... Read More »

Sailors Love it Here!


GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn Goodland has long been known as a fishing community, both commercial and private. Being located in the Ten Thousand Islands, with quick and direct access to the gulf, makes it a natural for fishermen. With our many canals, almost every waterfront residence here has a fishing boat sitting on a lift out back. We didn’t all come here to fish, however. Goodland is also ideally situated for sailors, especially for trips to the Keys, Dry Tortugas, the Caribbean, or even the Bahamas. There are a few sailboats on lifts here. Larger sailboats can be ... Read More »



Donna Fiala An application for a TIGER VII Discretionary Planning grant application has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Collier Boulevard Corridor Improvement Project. This project, if awarded, will complete a 15 year, $200 million reconstruction effort to upgrade 15 miles of Collier Boulevard. The project will include construction of transportation infrastructure improvements along the Collier Boulevard corridor from Green Boulevard to I–75. The past growth, plus forecasted population growth, necessitates this expansion, and is planned to connect growing neighborhoods to the established commercial and employment areas. The project will not only expand Collier Boulevard, but ... Read More »

Naples Top City for Future Job Growth

Submitted Naples was named the top place in the United States for job growth, according to a report released July 29 by Moody’s Analytics. Naples is expected to see a 4.6 percent job growth through 2017, according to the report. Five other cities appear in the top 10, including Orlando at No. 4, Ocala at No. 5, Port St. Lucie at No. 9 and North Port at No. 10. “Five Florida metro areas with significant retiree populations rank among the 10 places with the fastest projected job growth over the next three years, according to forecasts from Moody’s Analytics. These ... Read More »

Marco Marriott Reopens While Work Continues

The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa  reopened on August 1. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley It’s a case of one down and one to go for the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa. The resort has reopened, with the July 31 completion of the bulk of Phase One of a $250 million expansion and improvement project that began May 4. When work is completed at the end of next year, the resort will be ready for its transformation, in January 2017, from a Marriott to the more upscale J.W. Marriott brand, the Marriott brand’s first beachfront resort in the continental United States. The August 1 reopening was called for ... Read More »

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 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 »


~ Office of Greenway and Trails expanding Florida’s network of trails ~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Greenways and Trails is soliciting acquisition applications to expand Florida’s trail system. The Greenways and Trails Acquisition Program has approximately $2 million available for new projects for fiscal year 2015-16. In 2013, the Office of Greenways and Trails completed an analysis of the Florida Priority Greenways and Trails System, identifying gaps within the trail system. These projects need funding for design, construction and acquisition.The department hopes to close some of these gaps through this acquisition cycle. Individuals, organizations, coalitions, government agencies ... Read More »

Capri Fire Department Dog Rescue


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


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?


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


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 »


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 »